Feb 11-13, 2009

Columbia University SBRP RTC hosted a Research Translation Workshop, “Translating SBRP Triumphs into Public Health Progress: Understanding and Implementing Effective Research Translation”, for the NIEHS Superfund Basic Research Program on February 11-13 2009 at Columbia University’s Lamont Campus in Palisades, New York.

Fifty participants from SBRP university grantees, NIEHS, EPA, and the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) attended the workshop. Several noted speakers gave presentations on environmental health issues. The workshop provided the time and venue for Research Translation Core scientists and staff to share with each other their expertise, experiences, challenges, and vision through facilitated discussions.

Goal for the Meeting

To expand the capacity and strengthen the effectiveness of the SBRP RTCs in translating basic scientific research to key policymakers, researchers, commercial enterprises, and public groups in a timely and accurate manner to enhance public health.

Summary Documents and Handouts

(1) Meeting Agenda
(2) Meeting Participant List
(3) Pre-Workshop Survey Summary
(4) Post-Workshop Survey Summary

Session PowerPoint Presentations

(1) Keynote on Partnerships: Achieving Common Goals
**Presentation made by Mark Maddaloni, EPA Reg 2

Partnership Facilitated Discussion Group Solutions Facilitators

(2)Keynote on Fostering Two-Way Communications
**Presentation made by Jana Telfer, Office of Communications, CDC/ATSDR

Communications Discussant- Helen DuTeau, Superfund Community Involvement & Outreach, US EPA Reg 3

Communications Facilitated Discussion Vern Herr & Bret Boston, Group Solutions

Dinner Talk: Hudson River
**Presentation made by John Cronin, Beacon Institute

(3) Keynote on Technology Capacity Building: Tools, Standards, and Innovation
**Presentation made by Theresa Pardo, Center for Technology in Government, University of Albany

Capacity Building Discussant Sam Wear, Dep’t of Information Technology, Westchester County, NY

Capacity Building Facilitated Discussion Group Solutions Facilitators

Luncheon Talk: Climate Change
**Presentation made by Radley Horton, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University, NASA GISS affiliate

(4) Session IV Keynote on Science to Action: From Communities to Congress (handout)
**Presentation made by Elizabeth Yeampierre, UPROSE, EJ

Science to Action Discussant Helen DuTeau, SuperfundCommunity Involvement & Outreach, US EPA Reg 3

Science to Action Facilitated Discussion Group Solutions Facilitators

(5)RTC Mini-Presentations:

(a)Integrating RTC Data: Hydrologic Information System

**Presentation made by Ilya Zaslavsky, UCSD
Hydrologic Information System Flyer

(b) Evaluating the Effectiveness of Video Communications

**Presentation made by Kathleen Gray and Brennan Bouma, UNC-CH

-“Can We Talk? Achieving Better Results by Working With Communities” (contact UNC RTC for copies)
-“Protecting Our Water: PCB Contamination at Ward Transformer
-“Catch and Release

(c) Partners: The Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island

**Presentation made by Phil Brown, Brown University

(6)Breakout Sessions:

Breakout 1 Become more effective involving SBRP in government processes for developing regulations and policy

Breakout 2 Improve understanding of each SBRP areas of expertise

Breakout 3 How should a loose confederation of RTCs work together?

Breakout 4 Identify and assess needs of Federal, State agencies & other stakeholders


(1) RT Skills and Partnering Matrix
(2) Videos of workshop presentations and discussions

View pictures and play-by-play on the archived live meeting blog

Contact Columbia’s Research Translation Core

**We welcome your comments**


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