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Brown SRP Scientists Partner with ATSDR to Discuss Nanomaterial Design

Photo of Robert Hunt giving talk at ATSDR

Hurt’s talk attracted a large audience, from high-level ATSDR managers to staff scientists.
(Photo courtesy of Jim Rice)

To present nanomaterial research and foster collaboration between Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) scientists, Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees Robert Hurt, Ph.D., and James Rice, Ph.D., spent Feb. 27, 2013 at ATSDR in Atlanta.

Hurt presented his NIEHS-funded nanomaterial research to an audience of ATSDR and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees as an invited speaker in a joint SRP and ATSDR seminar and networking series. Hurt discussed both the applications and implications of nanotechnology for environmental health, one of the themes of Brown SRP and the main focus of his project and collaborative work with Brown SRP grantee Agnes Kane, Ph.D.

“It is interesting to merge the two topics because one sees the risk-benefit tradeoffs quite clearly,” said Hurt. “It also opens up the possibility to design technologies for safety up front by considering risks at the early stage of development.”

Rice, the State Agencies Liaison in the Brown SRP Research Translation Core, joined in for a networking lunch and discussion sessions with ATSDR staff as well as some EPA employees. Rice and Hurt delved into their research ideas, answered general questions about their work, and learned about current research needs from ATSDR staff.

“Based on the feedback by ATSDR staff, the visit assured us that what we are doing at Brown SRP is valuable and relevant,” said Rice. “ATSDR and EPA employees also gave us some ideas that will help us formulate new research moving forward.”

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