Superfund Research Program
The Louisiana State University Superfund Research Center (LSU SRP) brings together a truly diverse team of biomedical, chemical/combustion engineers and physicists, and non-technical researchers and support staff to conduct interdisciplinary research examining the environmental and health impacts of Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals, or EPFRs. The Administrative Core supports this research by planning and coordinating research activities, providing fiscal, resource, quality, and regulatory oversight, integrating cross-disciplinary research, and supporting effective research translation. Since receiving funding, the AC has facilitated monthly meetings between Project and Core leaders to plan research activities. One outcome of this coordination was the successful application for an administrative supplement that expands the research of the Center's Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals Alter Pulmonary Immunologic Homeostasis Project. The goal of the supplement is to investigate how exposure to EPFRs may cause poor respiratory health and to investigate potential treatments. This research is being conducted with cells collected from human nasal passages and represents an important translational bridge from the Center's research using animal models. Research translation activities are also well-underway. The Center is making new partnerships with communities, government agencies, and other stakeholders. One example of this is the Center's Hazardous Waste Thermal Treatment and Community Exposure to EPFRs Project. For this project, the research translation coordinator, Community Engagement Core, and researchers from the project are working directly with a community located next to a facility that treats explosive hazardous waste using open burning to understand their potential exposure to EPFRs.