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SRP Research Translation and Outreach Meeting

Lexington, Kentucky
October 23-26, 2011

Meeting Summary

Brown University Community Engagement Core leader Phil Brown, Ph.D.
Brown University SRP Community Outreach Core Leader Phil Brown, Ph.D.

Members of the Research Translation Cores and Community Engagement Cores from across the SRP P42 Centers gathered to discuss issues relating to the transfer of research products out of the lab and into use by the appropriate community or regulatory forum.

The business and update portions of the meeting were held on Tuesday, October 25. Following programmatic updates from NIEHS staff, four grant recipients who received supplements as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) shared results of their research. Their projects, which centered on enhancing research collaboration and translation, are summarized on the NIEHS ARRA webpages.

On Wednesday, meeting participants convened to discuss effective communication techniques and special topics of interest to the RTCs and CECs. Shari Veil and Tim Sellnow, Ph.D., both from the University of Kentucky, presented a crash course of best practices for risk communication. They addressed issues including talking to the press, effective communication in times of crisis, and public perceptions of science. Following their presentation, meeting attendees participated in two breakout sessions, discussing eight different topics. Initial conclusions were presented at the meeting and the discussions continue on the CEC/RTC Network teleconference calls.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

  • NIEHS Program Update
  • ARRA Panel: Enhancing Research Collaboration and Translation
Wednesday, October 26
  • Welcome
    Beth Anderson, NIEHS
  • Best Practices for Risk Communication
    Shari Veil, Ph.D., Director, University of Kentucky Risk Sciences Initiative
    Tim Sellnow, Ph.D., Risk Communication Theme Leader, National Center for Food Protection & Defense
  • Research and Risk Assessment Initiative
    Larry Reed, MDB, Inc.
  • Break-Out Session 1
    Engaging ATSDR, led by Anna Hoover, University of Kentucky
    GIS/Mapping, led by Meredith Golden, Columbia University
    Partnering with EPA, led by Bob Shewack, EPA, and Laurie Rardin, Dartmouth College
    Partnering with State/Local Agencies, led by Brad Upham, Ph.D. Michigan State University
    Policy and Regulation, led by Beth Anderson, NIEHS, and Jim Rice, Ph.D., Brown University
  • Break-Out Session 2
    Emerging Models and Strategies for Modulating Chemical Insult to the Human Body, led by Kathleen Gray, University of North Carolina
    Sustainable Detection and Cleanup, led by Kelly Pennell, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, Brown University SRP
    Systemic Impacts of Superfund Pollutants on Biological Systems, led by Sarah Wilkinson, Ph.D. University of Arizona
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