Dr. Bryan Heckman of the Medical University of South Carolina, Addiction Sciences Division, is very passionate about giving back to local communities and making healthy, addiction-free lifestyle as accessible as possible to broad range of populations. Dr. Heckman’s passion for helping people ignited an exciting research in Charleston, South Carolina that is aimed at shaping the future of tobacco dependence treatments. The research involves design and testing of the first science-based smartphone quit-smoking application called "QuitBuddy" that implements GPS technology to track a user’s location and estimate their proximity to a location that is likely to trigger cigarette craving (e.g., tobacco retail outlets, bars, night clubs, places where they used to smoke regularly). QuitBuddy will prompt users to take nicotine lozenges when they most need it to curb the craving and, consequently, avoid relapses helping users “stay quit”. The app will also urge its users to leave the location and provide other useful tips on how to avoid the temptation at the moment.
Addiction Sciences Division
Medical University of South Carolina
Founded in 1824, The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents in six colleges and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the state’s only academic health science center and largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.3 billion, with an annual economic impact of nearly $4 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children's hospital, the NCI-designated Hollings Cancer Center, a Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, more than 100 outreach locations across the state, and South Carolina’s only transplant center.