SRP Partners with ATSDR to Connect Research to Practice
The workshop "Connecting Research and Practice: A Dialogue between ATSDR and the NIEHS Superfund Research Program" was held Tuesday, August 7th - Wednesday, August 8, 2012 on the ATSDR CDC campus in Atlanta Georgia. More than 200 SRP researchers, federal scientists, and other federal and state agency personnel gathered to dialogue and identify opportunities for collaboration. Opening comments were provided by Dr. Chris Portier, NCEH/ATSDR Center Director, and Dr. Linda Birnbaum, NIEHS Director. Both leaders emphasized the importance of collaboration and networking to solve complicated research questions while also addressing the needs of Superfund communities.
The meeting was designed to foster collaborative research, engagement, and translation among more than fifty investigators from 21 SRP-affiliated universities, national NIEHS Superfund Research Program leaders, and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry scientists, with a goal of maximizing the positive effect of research dollars on environmental public health. Presentations, panel discussions, and a poster session provided opportunities for ATSDR personnel to learn about cutting-edge research from scientists across the SRP, while SRP researchers learned about ATSDR’s Superfund-related research and informational needs. Plenary sessions targeted such topics as legacy contaminants, community engagement, emerging contaminants, and environmental fate & transport, while the poster session highlighted SRP Centers’ research and engagement activities nationwide.
Anna Hoover, UK-SRP Research Translation co-leader and chair of the workshop steering committee, stated, “The University of Kentucky SRP is proud to have played a significant role in putting this event together, and we look forward to deepening new relationships built in Atlanta to help move Superfund research into policy, practice, and, ultimately, improvements in public health.” As a result of the success of this meeting, Public Health Service Corps members who served as ATSDR representatives on the steering committee have been nominated for a United States Public Health Service Unit Commendation Award.