What do we do?
The Research Translation Core provides practical trainings to build capacity for investigators and trainees on research translation and science communication. In collaboration with the Training Core, the Community Engagement Core, and the Administrative Core, the RTC leads the Trainee Communication and Engagement Program (TCEP) to involve trainees in research translation and community engagement activities. In addition, the RTC coordinates Trainee Response Teams (TRT) to meet short-term community needs on environmental health topics. The RTC also assists investigators with investigator-initiated research translation (IIRT) by connecting them with the appropriate stakeholders.
- Engage with Stakeholders
The RTC engages stakeholders to facilitate the application of research. The RTC is an organizing member of the Superfund Research Partners Network along with Region 3 and Region 4 Superfund Centers at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Kentucky. We continue to work with existing stakeholder networks including the Elizabeth River Project Sediment Remediation Partnership (ERPSRP) network to share and apply research findings.
- Communicate our Research
The Research Translation Core (RTC) communicates information and research results on topics in environmental health, risk assessment, and hazardous substances research from the Duke University Superfund Center to key stakeholders and the general public so that they can use this information to make informed decisions. We accomplish this through our website, social media channels, and via other outreach mechanisms.
Key stakeholders include:
- US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Regions 3 & 4
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
- North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
- Health professionals that work with women, infants, and children
- Local communities
How do we do it?
In our work, we connect with government agencies, industry professionals, community organizations, K-12 teachers and students, and other partners. You can read about some of our current and past projects below.
- Exploring low-cost screening methods for metals in community gardens using C. elegans
- Public webinar on flame retardants in furniture foam
- Seminar on best practices in research translation and science communication
- Working with anglers in the Elizabeth River to understand the impact of fish consumption advisories on fishing behaviors
- Partnering with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) on an environmental justice workshop
- Facilitating scientific testimony and comments on environmental health policies
- Helping to run a foam testing project, providing educational materials for consumers and furniture manufacturers to explain the testing results and the impacts of flame retardants on human health, and participating in a national flame retardant collaborative.
- Leading a graduate course on research translation and science communication
- Fact sheet exposures to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
Who are we?
Dr. Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Director
Bryan Luukinen, Senior Program Coordinator
Catherine Kastleman, Program Coordinator
Sam Cohen, Science Communications Specialist
Madeleine Valier, Research Assistant