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Institute of Psychiatry, Tobacco Research Team, Addictions Research Unit

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA IOP/ARU/1
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: Institute of Psychiatry, Tobacco Research Team, Addictions Research Unit
Date(s): 1969-2000
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 58 records management boxes
Name of creator(s): Tobacco Research | Addiction Research Unit | Institute of Psychiatry


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Tobacco Research Team was founded in 1969, as the third research team of the Addiction Research Unit (after alcohol and drugs) at the Institute of Psychiatry. The role of the Tobacco Research Team is to increase understanding of the psychological and pharmacological aspects of tobacco dependence and develop more effective interventions to reduce tobacco-related diseases. The team was led by Professor Michael Russell for many years.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Tobacco Research Team, Addiction Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, 1969-2000, chiefly comprising research files for projects undertaken, notably led by Professor Michael Russell. Studies are predominantly trials for methods to beat addiction (such as nicotine patches and gum) and studies on the nature of tobacco addiction. Typical files include drafts of articles, raw data, blank questionnaires used for studies, medical notes and contact details of study participants. The collection also includes papers relating to grants for the study of tobacco addiction, notably from the the Medical Research Council (MRC); correspondence with medical practitioners, other medical research institutions, the MRC and private companies including Nicorette; papers relating to academic symposiums and conferences on tobacco addiction; publications and copies of articles on smoking and smoking related diseases; minutes and agenda for meetings of the Smoking Research Review Committee and preparatory notes for lectures on tobacco addiction.

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No additional finding aids.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the Institute of Psychiatry, Division of Psychological Medicine, Sep 2006.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Papers of the Addictions Research Unit, of which the Tobacco Research Team forms a part (ref: IOP/ARU).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2008

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