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University of Iowa

Superfund Research Program

Research Translation Core

Project Leader: Peter S. Thorne
Co-Investigator: David Osterberg
Grant Number: P42ES013661
Funding Period: 2006-2020

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Project Summary (2006-2010)

The plans and activities of the Research Translation Core (RTC) of the Iowa Superfund Basic Research Program (ISBRP) are designed with four primary goals in mind: 1) to formally transfer technology to commercial entities able to develop and deliver products or services to the public; 2) to contribute to the development of sound public policies and practices; 3) to contribute to the research base in ISBRP investigator disciplines; and 4) to contribute to a broader public understanding of problems and solutions regarding environmental hazards and their remediation. Significant preliminary contacts and meetings have laid the groundwork for these plans, and designated liaisons (ISBRP faculty, staff) are responsible for sustaining or developing further relationships with identified partners. Technology transfer activities of the Synthesis Core, the Analytical Core, and several projects are supported by RTC staff and assisted by the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF). Technology transfer activities involve the academic research community and industry, and receive guidance from the RTC External Advisory Committee. A comprehensive communications plan reflects and guides overall decision making on how, when and to whom research findings are disseminated and information distributed. This core works in close coordination with the Community Outreach Core (COC). RTC personnel have exceptionally broad experience in research translation and community organization; their many years of combined experience provide the knowledge, skills, and contacts to achieve core aims.

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