On March 1 and 2, 2017 , the 2nd IDRC Regional Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Research Meeting took place in Beirut in the presence of the four funded teams who shared their findings from the conducted waterpipe tobacco smoking intervention projects. The teams included regional tobacco researchers from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Pakistan and United States of America. Regional tobacco researchers were provided feedback on the analysis process, guided with tips on how to disseminate their findings through manuscripts and discussed potential strategies for transferring and translating findings to policy and decision makers.
The AUB - Tobacco Control Research Group (AUB - TCRG) was established informally in 1999. The group gathered a team of professionals who are interested in tobacco control research, particularly in relation to waterpipe. Since its inception, the AUB TCRG is multidisciplinary in nature, with specializations in medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion, health policy, health management, chemistry, economics, environmental policy and engineering. With a focus on the waterpipe as a type of tobacco consumption, AUB -TCRG has created a niche for its expertise.
AUB - TCRG is focused on dissemination and translation of research to policy as well as building a regional network of researchers involved in tobacco control and, more specifically, waterpipe tobacco use.