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Superfund Research Program

Research Translation Core

Project Leaders: Eric M. Suuberg, Phil Brown (Northeastern University)
Co-Investigators: Terrence Gray (Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management), Robert Vanderslice (Rhode lsland Department of Health)
Grant Number: P42ES013660
Funding Period: 2005-2021

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Project Summary (2005-2009)

The Research Translation Core aims to develop and provide efficient mechanisms by which the results of the program research, and relevant research outside of the program, become available to the programs's stakeholders. The stakeholders are defined by the choice of a state-based approach centering on Rhode Island. The mechanisms for conveying results out from the program include both technical information communication as well as technology transfer. There is coordination with key state agencies- the RI Dept. of Environmental Management (Environmental Protection Bureau) and RI Dept. of Health Office of Environmental Risk Assessment, fostered by a project-funded, Brown-based state agencies liaison (SAL).  The SAL coordinates communications on current issues between Brown and the state agencies, and between the state agencies themselves. The core Leader, Co-Leaders and SAL use advanced social science tools to define effective communications concerning the health implications and management options for complexly contaminated sites in RI. Stakeholders include health professionals (to be reached by targeted continuing medical education courses and grand rounds), as well as developers, legal professionals and environmental professionals. The Outreach Core separately describes efforts aimed at the general public. The project's researchers serve as principal experts for some communications, but also serve as information gatekeepers for their areas- identifying as needed experts and sources of information external to the project. The SAL identifies where the stakeholders have immediate information needs and the project leaders help formulate a response. Meanwhile, in addition to traditional publication and seminar routes for dissemination of their research results, the project leaders are assisted by the SAL in organizing targeted scientific conferences allowing interchange of advanced research. There will also be a funded technology transfer mechanism, set up in conjunction with Brown's technology partnership program.

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