UW-CTRI celebrated a quarter-century of work to help patients quit tobacco use at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin last week. During its first 25 years, the Center has:

  • Published more than 350 research articles.
  • Garnered more than $100 million in grant funding.
  • Worked with more than 220,000 clinicians and every health system in the state.
  • Helped more than 250,000 patients to quit smoking.
“I owe a lot to this quit-smoking study,” said Mike Eheler (above), a father-of-four who quit smoking with help from the Wisconsin Smokers’ Health Study. “Without the help, I don’t think I would have quit.” He’s now healthy enough to play ball with his kids. “I feel like I got a lot more years added to my life to spend with my kids.” Watch a video of Eheler

Dr. Robert Golden (above left), Dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, smiles as UW-CTRI Director Dr. Michael Fiore prepares to present him with a 25th anniversary UW-CTRI pin.

The impact UW-CTRI has had on the lives of patients like Eheler has been impressive, said Dr. Robert Golden, Dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, who spoke at the anniversary event. Golden said UW-CTRI is a reflection of the Wisconsin Idea—to take research expertise and disseminate it to healthcare providers and patients across the state.

Some of the Center’s top achievements include:

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Drs. Timothy Baker (above left) and Michael Fiore have successfully led UW-CTRI for more than 25 years.