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Columbia University

Superfund Research Program

Administrative Core

Project Leader: Joseph H. Graziano
Co-Investigator: Alexander F. van Geen
Grant Number: P42ES010349
Funding Period: 2000-2021

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Project Summary (2006-2011)

The Administrative Core continues to function as the chief administrative unit of this Superfund Basic Research Program. In this capacity, the Administrative Core is responsible for the supervision, coordination, guidance and financial accountability of this entire Superfund Basic Research Program. Together with the P.I., the Director and the Associate Director of this Core are ultimately responsible to NIEHS. The goals of the Core are: 1) to provide leadership to facilitate interactions and communication among investigators both at formal (e.g. meetings and seminars) and informal levels, 2) to foster interactions among Research Projects, Research Support Cores, the Training Core and the Research Translation Core, and to facilitate dissemination of information across these units and to the outside world, both domestically and abroad, 3) to supervise the utilization of the Research Support Core Facilities, 4) to coordinate the reviews of SBRP activities by a nine-member External Advisory Committee, 5) to coordinate SBRP activities, including seminars, retreats, symposia, and the preparation of the annual progress reports, and 6) to manage the Program's budget. The Administrative Core continues to handle all financial aspects of this SBRP and the component projects. The Administrative Core and the SBRP at large have been fortunate to be strongly supported by Institutional Support from the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) and from the Columbia Earth Institute (CEI). In addition to providing salaries for Administrative Coordinator and Bangladesh Project Director, they have provided 75% of funds for the purchase of an ICP-MS-DRC (MSPH), and 50% of funds for HR ICP-MS (CEI), and for pilot studies in Bangladesh.  As in the past, the Administrative Core works with investigators to develop new pilot projects. In the past, some of this pilot work has translated into independent RO1 grant support for ancillary projects that have allowed our Program to be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts. In addition, continued input from the Advisory Board ensures that all research conducted as part of this SBRP is timely, focused,relevant and highly integrated.

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