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University of Washington

Superfund Research Program

Research Translation Core

Project Leader: Thomas Burbacher
Co-Investigator: Katie Frevert
Grant Number: P42ES004696
Funding Period: 2006-2022
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Project Summary (2015-2017)

The Research Translation Core (RTC) partners with the Community Engagement Core (CEC) to help implement the various data sharing plans for the individual projects and cores. The RTC is assisting the Biochemical Mechanisms of Olfactory Injury in Salmon project in developing materials and scheduling presentations on the results from the project to community members and agencies responsible for site remediation. The RTC is assisting the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Cadmium Neurotoxicity project focused on the effects of cadmium exposure on adult neurogenesis. The RTC is building on previous activities by this research team focused on support groups for patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Clement Furlong, the project leader for the Role of Paraoxonases (PONs) in Modulating Cadmium, Manganese and Organophosphate Neurotoxicity project, is the co-director of the -RTC and the primary contact with UW's Center for Commercialization (C4C).

The RTC is also assisting researchers in the new site-based project, Arsenic in Shallow Unstratified and Seasonally Stratified Urban Lakes: Mobility, Bioaccumulation and Ecological Toxicity, who have already developed ties with community organizations and regulatory agencies working on their study sites. The RTC will use their strong ties with the State Department of Ecology (the agency responsible for developing remediation strategies for the lake) and EPA Region 10 to provide lay-friendly material related to the objectives of the study and the potential implications of the results for site remediation and water quality standards.

RTC staff is working with the Training Core to include trainees in activities, such as involvement in the Science and the Public journal club and developing materials for their community engagement rotations. Investigators are also involved in Workshops, Summits, and Webinars that the RTC host. Finally, RTC staff utilizes the SRP Community Engagement/Research Translation Data Collection Form reporting system to provide information about ongoing activities to NIEHS SRP staff.

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