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Translational Research Framework

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

June 13, 2018

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NIEHS soon will publish a Translational Research Framework, and we anticipate that it will help investigators design research programs, identify partners based on cross-disciplinary needs, identify stakeholders who are likely to use research findings for environmental decision-making and intervention, and track progress toward common goals. In this webinar, the NIEHS's Kristi Pettibone, Ph.D., explained the framework, discussed the potential benefits to the research community, and described some tools NIEHS has developed to help you tell your translational research story. Audience members also heard from PEPH grantee Susan Pinney, Ph.D., from the University of Cincinnati. She used the translational research framework to tell the story of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)-related work with the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program.



Portrait of Kristi Pettibone, Ph.D.

Kristi Pettibone, Ph.D., has more than 10 years of experience managing, directing, and guiding public health policy research and evaluation projects. She holds a Ph.D. in policy sciences (health policy concentration) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to joining NIEHS, she served as director of the MayaTech Corporation’s Center for Community Prevention and Treatment Research. She has worked on evaluations of several federal grant portfolios, including NIEHS’s endocrine disruptor, nanotechnology health and safety, and neurodegeneration portfolios.

Portrait of Susan Pinney, Ph.D.

Susan Pinney, Ph.D., is a professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati. She conducts a variety of large molecular epidemiology studies, focusing on the genetic epidemiology of lung cancer, environmental factors that influence the age of pubertal milestones, and the health effects of uranium exposure. Since 1990, she has been the research director of the Fernald Community Cohort, with data and biospecimens collected over 18 years that have been used for over 20 research studies. Dr. Pinney is also the deputy director of the Center for Environmental Genetics and a program leader of the Cincinnati Cancer Center.

For More Information

Expanding the Concept of Translational Research: Making a Place for Environmental Health Sciences
This Environmental Health Perspectives article describes NIEHS's new translational research framework that builds upon previous biomedical models to create a more comprehensive and integrated environmental health paradigm.

Environmental Health Sciences Translational Research Framework (1MB)
This is a poster that provides a snapshot of the NIEHS’s Translational Research Framework, including a case study.

Translational Research Story Template (970KB)
This template can help you put together your own translational research story.

PEPH Evaluation Metrics Manual
This manual provides examples of tangible metrics that PEPH grantees and program staff can use for both planning and evaluation. Example logic models are used to develop evaluation metrics for cross-cutting PEPH themes, such as Partnerships, Leveraging, Products and Dissemination, Education and Training, and Capacity Building. PEPH grantees (including all project partners) are the primary target audience for this document.

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