Superfund Research Program
Research Translation Core
Boston University's (BU) Research Translation Core (RTC) successfully organized multiple translational activities, including the Boston Museum of Science Fish Forum II, which focused on the challenging issue of consumption of toxicant-contaminated fish and development of advisories by engaging speakers from Brown University, Duke University, Dartmouth College, Michigan State University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill SRPs, health and environment authorities, non-governmental organizations, and the public (Heiger-Bernays et al., 2019). University of California-Berkeley and University of Kentucky SRPs participated in the RTC's highly attended Collaborative on Health and the Environment webinars on Disaster Preparation and Per and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFASs). The RTC and Community Engagement Core (CEC) published three articles (Basra et al., 2018; Tomsho et al., 2018; Heiger-Bernays et al., 2019) using the polychlorinated biphenyl congener data from an air monitoring study conducted with the University of Iowa SRP around the New Bedford Harbor (NBH) Superfund Site. Brown-bag lunch sessions with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection leadership, staff, and SRP Trainees were facilitated by the RTC as a mechanism to share research results with state decision-makers. The RTC facilitated technology transfer by providing open access to tools and resources generated by the BU SRP, including software, fact sheets, web-based databases, molecular reagents, organisms, and genomic datasets. Massachusetts Board of Health members attended a BU SRP-sponsored re-certification workshop using a structured risk-communication role-play exercise on health impacts of PFASs and the roles of the local health boards in preventing exposure. The CEC and the RTC collaborated with the Multimedia Director in the BU School of Public Health Office of Communication and Marketing to create a video series and text that make up a "virtual tour" of the social and environmental impact of NBH contamination in neighboring communities.