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Progress Reports: University of Washington: Administrative Core

Superfund Research Program

Administrative Core

Project Leader: Evan P. Gallagher
Grant Number: P42ES004696
Funding Period: 1995-2022
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Progress Reports

Year:   2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004 

During this funding period, the Administrative Core continued to implement the strategic planning process to help the University of Washington (UW) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center meet its goals. Evan P. Gallagher, Ph.D., (UW SRP Director) went on sabbatical in fall 2018 and Zhengui Xia, Ph.D., served as the Interim Director until summer 2019. While Gallagher was on sabbatical, Xia and Elizabeth Guzy (UW SRP Administrator) were deeply involved in the planning of the 2019 SRP Annual Meeting until Gallagher’s return. The meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Seattle on November 18-20th. The Administrative Core worked with NIEHS staff and the SRP annual meeting planning committee over the course of a year to plan the event. A total of 405 attendees participated in the annual meeting, representing grantees from the P42, R01, SBIR/STTR, and the newly awarded data science programs. The University of Louisville SRP Center helped co-host the meeting and offered invaluable support in planning the Main Meeting, Poster Competition, and the Trainee, Research Translation Core, Community Engagement Core, and Administrative specific sessions. The UW SRP also coordinated a boat tour of the local Duwamish River Superfund site, which 32 SRP participants attended. The Core received extremely positive feedback about the meeting and consider it a successful event for the NIEHS SRP community.

The Community Engagement Core (CEC) hired a new manager, BJ Cummings, in early 2019. Research Translation Core (RTC) and CEC staff, Lisa Hayward, Ph.D., and Tom Burbacher, Ph.D., have been working closely with Cummings to implement CEC goals. The Administrative Core worked with the RTC and CEC to host a Summit and additional nationwide webinars with the Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition.

The Administrative Core has increased its tracking of student and postdoctoral training activities in accordance with NIH guidelines. To aide in this tracking process, the Core created a robust template, which has proved very valuable in gathering data-rich responses from trainees. This system also helps verify effective involvement of students in biomedical and environmental science research projects and in the activities of the RTC and CEC. The Core continues to strive to offer interdisciplinary training opportunities to trainees and supports the RTC in their new quarterly journal club sessions available to trainees.

In November 2019, the following members of the UW SRP Center attended and helped facilitate the SRP Annual Meeting: Evan Gallagher, Ph.D., (UW SRP Center Director/Training Core Director/Investigator – Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Metal Olfactory Injury in Salmon Project), Margaret Mills, Ph.D., (Postdoc – Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Metal Olfactory Injury in Salmon Project), Chase Williams, Ph.D., (Postdoc – Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Metal Olfactory Injury in Salmon Project), Yoomin Jo (Trainee – Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Metal Olfactory Injury in Salmon Project), Richard Ramsden (Staff – Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Metal Olfactory Injury in Salmon Project), Elizabeth Guzy (Administrative Core), Kelley Mayer (Program Coordinator), Zhengui Xia, Ph.D., (Investigator – Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Cadmium Neurotoxicity Project), Hao Wang, Ph.D., (Postdoc – Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Cadmium Neurotoxicity Project), Megumi Matsushita (Trainee – Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Cadmium Neurotoxicity Project), Tom Burbacher, Ph.D., (Investigator – RTC/CEC), Lisa Hayward, Ph.D., (RTC Manager), Clement Furlong, Ph.D., (Investigator – Role of Paraoxonases (PONs) in Modulating Cadmium and Manganese Neurotoxicity Project), Judit Marsillach, Ph.D., (Investigator – Role of Paraoxonases (PONs) in Modulating Cadmium and Manganese Neurotoxicity Project), Lucio Costa, Ph.D., (Investigator – Role of Paraoxonases (PONs) in Modulating Cadmium and Manganese Neurotoxicity Project), Jacqueline Garrick (Trainee – Role of Paraoxonases (PONs) in Modulating Cadmium and Manganese Neurotoxicity Project), Toby Cole (Staff – Role of Paraoxonases (PONs) in Modulating Cadmium and Manganese Neurotoxicity Project), BJ Cummings (CEC Manager), Rebecca Neumann, Ph.D., (Investigator – Arsenic in Shallow Unstratified and Seasonally Stratified Urban Lakes: Mobility, Bioaccumulation, and Ecological Toxicity Project), James Gawel, Ph.D., (Investigator – Arsenic in Shallow Unstratified and Seasonally Stratified Urban Lakes: Mobility, Bioaccumulation, and Ecological Toxicity Project), Samantha Fung (Trainee – Arsenic in Shallow Unstratified and Seasonally Stratified Urban Lakes: Mobility, Bioaccumulation, and Ecological Toxicity Project), and Theo Bammler, Ph.D., (Investigator – Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Laboratory). Notably, Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Metal Olfactory Injury in Salmon Project postdoctoral students Mills and Williams gave platform talks. The titles of the research posters and talks are listed under trainee highlights and each project and core progress report.

During the current funding period, the Core continued to provide oversight to all administrative aspects of the UW SRP Center, which has ensured efficient management of budgets, personnel, and other resources. There have been no changes in key personnel.

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