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Scientific Advisory Committee

Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee are appointed to advise the University of California on the direction and priorities of the TRDRP.
Members represent major California organizations and groups involved in tobacco-related health research and tobacco control efforts. Each member serves a three-year term without compensation and agrees to refrain from seeking TRDRP funding during tenure on the committee.

Edith D. Balbach, Ph.D.
Chair
Professor, Emerita of Public Health and Family Medicine
Tufts University 
Representing: Policy Researcher
Term: 2014-2017

Jesse N. Nodora, Dr.P.H.
Vice Chair 
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of California, San Diego
Moores Cancer Center
Representing: Social Behavioral & American Cancer Society
Term: 2014-2020

Denise Adams-Simms, M.P.H.
Director
San Diego Black Health Associates
Representing: Community-Based Provider
Term: 2017-2020

Richard L. Barnes, J.D.
Health Science Clinical Professor
University of California, San Francisco
Representing: Ex-Officio TEROC
Term: 2015-2018

Ricky N. Bluthenthal, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Representing: Private Research Institute
Term: 2015-2018

Matthew Brenner, M.D. 
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine
University of California, Irvine 
Representing: Biomedical Research 
Term: 2012-2017

Jerold A. Last, Ph.D. 
Distinguished Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of California, Davis
Representing: Environmental Sciences 
Term: 2015-2018

John Maa, M.D. 
Marin General Hospital
President, Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
Board of Directors, American Heart Association, San Francisco Division
Representing: American Heart Association
Term: 2011-2020

Vanessa M. Marvin
Senior Director, Grassroots Advocacy and Field Strategy
American Lung Association
Representing: American Lung Association in California
Term: 2015-2018

Sarah A. Planche, M.Ed.
School Health Education Consultant 
Tobacco Use Prevention and Education Program 
California Department of Education 
Representing: California Department of Education 
Term: 2014-2017

Dan J. Raz, M.D., M.A.S. 
Assistant Professor 
Surgical Director, Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology 
City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte 
Representing: Lung Cancer Alliance 
Term: 2013-2020

Stephen C. Welter, Ph.D. 
Vice President, Research and Graduate Dean 
San Diego State University 
Representing: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Institute 
Term: 2014-2017

Mimi C. Yu, Ph.D. 
Professor (retired) 
University of Southern California 
Representing: American Cancer Society & Cancer Action Network 
Term: 2011-2017

Xueying Zhang, M.S. 
Research Scientist 
California Tobacco Control Program
California Department of Public Health
Representing: California Department of Public Health 
Term: 2015-2018