Speaker Bios

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Speaker Bios

Professor Ann McNeil

Professor Ann McNeill

Ann McNeill is Professor of Tobacco Addiction and leads the Nicotine Research Group in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. The focus of Ann’s research is largely on reducing the population level impact of smoking through the application of tobacco control policies and interventions, including harm reduction strategies. She has a particular focus on reducing the health inequalities caused by smoking, including the higher levels of smoking in disadvantaged groups such as those with mental health problems. Ann is lead author of six E-Cigarette Evidence Updates in England commissioned by Public Health England/the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care in England. She has published >450 peer-reviewed publications, was the inaugural Vice Dean (Culture, Diversity & Inclusion) at the IoPPN 2019-2022, and has been the recipient of several awards including a WHO World No Tobacco Day Award in 1998 and the Doll-Wynder Prize by the international Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in 2020.

Dr Debbie Ronson

Dr Debbie Robson

RMN, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Tobacco Harm Reduction, National Addiction Centre, Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London

Debbie is a member of the Nicotine Research Group in the National Addiction Centre, King’s College London. Her work focuses on the development and evaluation of tobacco dependence treatment pathways, staff training pathways, and NHS smokefree policies in the UK.  She also works on projects to establish how effective vaping is in helping people from groups who have a high smoking prevalence quit, and what harms it may cause, compared with smoking. Debbie is a co-author of Public Health England/Office for Health Improvement & Disparities commissioned e-cigarette evidence reviews. She supports the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (UK) to develop training resources and is a Trustee of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) England.