Research Translation Core

Katie at Duwamish River Festival demonstrating dose response

RTC Manager, Katie Frevert, at the Duwamish River Festival. Photo by Mary Saucier

The Research Translation Core (RTC) works with each investigator in the UW SRP to identify end users of their research and to discuss strategies to engage targeted constituencies with the goal of finding effective ways to increase the visibility of their research. The RTC works with SRP stakeholders, in particular EPA Region 10 and ATSDR and our local communities, to meet our goals of broadly disseminating emerging research findings and applying current research outcomes to improve public health. A list of our agency partners with links to their websites is available below. 

UW SRP Agency Partners include:

  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) works with states and other federal agencies to prevent exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites. The agency conducts public health assessments, health studies, surveillance activities, and health education training in communities around waste sites in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List.
  • EPA Region 10 is comprised of the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Pacific Northwest Indian Country. EPA was established to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. EPA's mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment—air, water, and land—upon which life depends.
  • Washington State Department of Ecology mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment and protect the wise management of our air, land, and water.
  • Washington State Department of Health works with its federal, state and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthier and safer through programs and services that help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.
  • Public Health Seattle & King County works to promote healthy communities, healthy fishing and address water and air toxics. The Protect Your Health: Fish for Healthy Seafood Choices includes fish consumption advisories, health advice on aquatic species and safe fishing in marine and freshwater regional locations.

UW SRP RTC Director: Thomas Burbacher, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


Phone: 206-685-1862
Fax: 206-685-3990

Research Interests:

  1. Children's Environmental Health
  2. Developmental Neurotoxicity
  3. Research Translation
  4. Community Outreach