Bill Suk, Ph.D., Director of the Superfund Research Program (SRP), visited the Louisiana State University (LSU) SRP Center on November 22. At LSU, he discussed the state of the SRP and his vision for the Program moving forward, and met with trainees.
In his presentation to LSU SRP grantees, Suk emphasized the importance of studying the effects of hazardous substances on human health, particularly in vulnerable populations. He provided an overview of SRP publications and activities from the previous year, including high-impact research advances, trainee success stories, and research translation and community engagement highlights.
Suk described the major issues and needs regarding the global burden of environmentally induced diseases. He explained how the SRP serves as an excellent model for transdisciplinary collaboration to translate research and develop new technologies to improve global public health.
Suk met with LSU SRP trainees to discuss their research and stressed the importance of collaboration among trainees. He also conveyed how thankful NIEHS SRP staff is for the LSU meeting organizers who stepped up and put on a successful 2013 SRP Annual Meeting in October, despite the government shutdown.