About the Tobacco Control Research Steering Group

The Tobacco Control Research Steering Group was re-formed in 2007 as a joint Ministry of Health/Health Research Council initiative. The Ministry of Health funds the Steering Group and appoints its members.

The Steering Group's functions are to:

  • provide strategic advice annually to the Ministry and wider sector on tobacco research priorities for New Zealand. This advice covers both researcher-initiated and user-initiated research
  • identify tobacco control research workforce needs and opportunities for workforce development
  • help improve the knowledge and skills of the tobacco control sector
  • organise networking opportunities for tobacco control researchers and interested stakeholders – including research funders and end-users – to share expertise and information
  • maintain an up-to-date log of New Zealand’s tobacco-related research
  • organise opportunities to share research findings.


Membership of the Tobacco Control Research Steering Group as at September 2009:

  • Dr Brian Adams, Heart Foundation, National Tobacco Control Working Group
  • Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Ministry of Health
  • Dr Chris Bullen, Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Auckland
  • Dr Richard Edwards, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Dr Marewa Glover, Centre for Tobacco Control Research, University of Auckland
  • Michele Grigg (Chair), The Quit Group
  • Dr Janet Hoek, University of Otago, Dunedin
  • Sharon McCook (ex officio), Health Research Council
  • Dr Rhiannon Newcombe, Health Sponsorship Council
  • John Stribling, Ministry of Health
  • Ben Youdan, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), National Tobacco Control Working Group.

Secretariat services are provided by Allen & Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists Ltd.