The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) is leading an ongoing communication network to establish and support collaborations that (1) introduce new science for application to site risk assessments and (2) provide academic researchers with the opportunity to work with environmental health practitioners to see that their research findings are applied to improve human and environmental public health.
The Research to Risk Assessment (R2RA) Interagency Working Group includes senior staff and managers from NIEHS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters and Regional offices, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The working group interacts via conference call and webinars to discuss priority issues and to identify topics of mutual interest to the working group and the SRP grantee community.
This model of cross-agency collaboration between NIEHS SRP, EPA, and ATSDR has resulted in the establishment of projects proven to be mutually beneficial to both the environmental health practitioners and the academic researchers. For more information about topic-specific groups that have been formed to address the priority issues identified by working group members, see the Research to Risk Assessment Interagency Working Group Summary (367KB).
SRP appreciates the active support of EPA and ATSDR in evolving the R2RA to be a standing working group and is committed to providing leadership to foster continued collaborations. If you are interested in learning more about this initiative or would like to participate, please contact Michelle Heacock (firstname.lastname@example.org; 919-541-7824).
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