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Progress Reports: University of Pennsylvania: Research Translation Core

Superfund Research Program

Research Translation Core

Project Leader: Richard Pepino
Grant Number: P42ES023720
Funding Period: 2014-2020
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Progress Reports

Year:   2018  2017  2016  2015  2014 

The Research Translation Core (RTC) scheduled meetings with stakeholders: Ambler Community Advisory Group, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA-DOH), U.S. EPA Region III, U.S. EPA Technical Review Workgroup (TRW) for Asbestos Science Research, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional office of the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR). In the organized visits to the BoRit site, senior staff from the U.S. EPA and ATSDR provided briefings. The RTC also worked with the Inter-Disciplinary Training Core and other SRP Centers of Duke University, University of Louisville, and University of Kentucky to organize trainees to attend the Science and Policy Institute in Washington D.C. in July 2018. At the institute, several trainees shared their research projects with more than 30 researchers and career professionals, including regional EPA and ATSDR scientists. Ph.D. candidate, Isabelle Lee, was provided the opportunity to intern at EPA Headquarters with the head of the TRW, Andrea Kirk, Ph.D., during July-September 2018. The RTC also created Internships in the University of Pennsylvania Center of Innovation Fellows Program, which provided training on handling disclosures of invention and protection of intellectual property. Working with government relations at the University of Pennsylvania, Ian A. Blair, Ph.D., and Trevor M. Penning, Ph.D., visited Pennsylvania congressional representatives (Bob Casey-Senate-(D); Pat Toomey-Senate (R); Brenda Boyle (Congressman 13th District-D); Charles Dent (Congressman 15th District-R); and Matt Cartwright (Congressman 17th District-D)) to explain the importance of the SRP program to environmental sustainability and human health. The RTC also organized periodic meetings with Robert Schenkel Associate Director Penn-Innovation Center to discuss the commercial potential of remediation, chemoprevention and biomarker work of the SRP.

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