The central goal of the Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) is to understand and break the link between environmental exposure and disease. I am excited to announce this newsletter, the SRP Science Digest, to show how SRP researchers address this challenge from a variety of approaches and disciplines. We have compiled important SRP findings to show how the program is tackling related problems by combining the expertise of biomedical and environmental science and engineering disciplines. We also highlight the ways in which SRP staff and grantees share innovative findings and explain research emanating from the program.
This first SRP Science Digest issue features efforts to reduce exposures to hazardous substances and improve public health through prevention and intervention strategies. “Science Leadership” highlights the contributions of SRP-funded investigators to the recent NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences FEST, plus other leadership activities from program staff. We also report on new research and events in “Hot Off the Press” and highlight new SRP-funded technologies in “Technology Profile.” Although the examples provided in this issue are not all-encompassing, they provide a window into the program and its impact.
As the founding director of the SRP at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), I am honored to be a part of its growth and maturation over the last 30 years. The SRP now supports a network of university and small business grants to address human health concerns arising from hazardous substances in the environment. The SRP also offers valuable training opportunities and proactively communicates its scientific accomplishments to communities and other partners, including stakeholders in government and industry.
I hope you enjoy this first issue of the SRP Science Digest and welcome any feedback.
William A. Suk, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Superfund Research Program