Research Translation

The UK SRC Research Translation Core acts as a bi-directional bridge that links our UK-SRC researchers with those stakeholder who might benefit from our research. Such stakeholders include:

  • Regular citizens
  • Individuals that live near Superfund sites
  • Health professionals
  • Companies and groups who are involved in cleaning up Superfund sites
  • Government agencies and policy makers

Like most bridges, there is traffic in both directions. The RTC works to understand the needs and concerns of each stakeholder and then communicate those needs to our researchers in order to help them better tailor their research to meet these specific needs. We then help the researchers communicate their research results to each group in ways that can be more easily understood.

Aims

The UK-SRC Research Translation Core seeks to:

  • communicate important research outcomes to appropriate audiences to ensure the accurate and timely use of data generated by individual research projects;
  • develop and implement mechanisms for receiving feedback from designated target audiences to ensure the utility and appropriateness of selected communication tools; and
  • ensure that research results are being appropriately applied to immediate environmental and health issues through the use of partnerships and other communication tools.

The Research Translation Core strives to ensure that knowledge and technologies generated through the UK-SRC help to reduce both levels of environmental contamination and the related negative public health impacts of such contamination. The RTC attempts to assist SRC researchers with informing key audiences about potential real-world uses for research outcomes, while helping graduate students and postdoctoral scholars develop communication skills that will support the bench-to-bedside translation of future research outcomes. Translational channels include communication training programs for SRP personnel and an RTC seminar series that brings the latest developments in environmental health sciences to audiences at both the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection in Frankfort and the University of Kentucky.

Activities

The Research Translation Core accomplishes its mission through several different programs and activities.  These include:

1) Partnerships with government agencies:

2) Collaborations with other Scientists
     (including those with the NIEHS Superfund program)

3) Technology Transfer
    (including both health and environmental science professionals)

4) Bi-directional engagement with impacted communities

5) Science and research communication with the general public

Traditional Partnerships

The UK-RTC works with several other departments and centers at the University of Kentucky in support of research translational activities associated with the UK SRC.  These include the following: