Superfund Research Program
Research Translation Core
Project Leader: Brad L. Upham
Grant Number: P42ES004911
Funding Period: 2006-2020
The level of sophistication and maturity of the Research Translation Core (RTC) is shaped by multidirectional approaches in developing meaningful relationships with external stakeholders in state and federal government agencies, communities affected by environmental contaminants, and other Superfund Research Program (SRP) centers. This evolving and expanding process opens new avenues for researchers to engage with external stakeholders and provides a flow of scientific information from the Michigan State University (MSU) SRP and allows fundamental new ideas and needs flow from external stakeholders to the university's research programs.
This was a no-cost-extension year with rudimentary activity on a limited budget. Highlights for 2020 include getting two mobile apps completed and made publicly available for both Android and iOS mobile devices. One was the ‘MI Safe Fish” app, created in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The app enables easier and faster access by the public to the state’s Eat-Safe-Fish program and special features developed by the MSU team. The other app was the “Gut Microbiome,” which allows health officials, as well as the general public, to stay connected to research that contains pertinent information collected from scientific publications about the gut microbiome and its effect on the body and overall health.
The RTC and Community Engagement Core also completed community-based projects and published findings in several papers on dioxin related issues that included risk, stigma, trustworthiness, and citizen participation in media coverage on dioxin issues; effects of dioxin contamination on residential property values. The RTC continued to be an active participant at the bimonthly meetings of the Saginaw-Tittabawassee Rivers Contamination Community Advisory Group.