Research Translation Core

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UW SRP science informs decisions made by Governor Inslee's Orca Recovery Task Force. 

UW SRP's Research Translation Core communicates research findings from the program to stakeholders. 


The UW SRP Research Translation Core (RTC) supports and coordinates researcher-initiated efforts to identify and engage end users of their research in order to increase the social relevance of UW SRP research. The RTC works with UW SRP stakeholders, in particular the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and our local communities, to broadly disseminate emerging research findings and apply current research outcomes to improve public health. A list of our agency and community partners with links to their websites is available below. 

As part of research translation, UW SRP investigators also help transfer the technology that they develop to researchers at other institutions who may benefit from a novel approach to their investigations.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Translation

Investigator-initiated research translation includes efforts by researchers to communicate their findings in ways that go beyond typical academic communications like peer-reviewed journal articles and scientific conference presentations.

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Technology Transfer

UW SRP researchers work to share their innovative technologies and protocols with the world. Their approaches help detect and remediate harmful contaminants in the environment and better understand the effects of contaminants on health.

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Project Fact Sheets

Fact sheets that provide a brief overview of each of the four research projects of the UW SRP.

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UW Research Translation Core Overview

A one-page information sheet for agency partners that provides a brief overview of our UW SRP research translation services.

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The University of Washington Superfund Research Program updates our partners about our latest research, community engagement, and research translation activities via a quarterly newsletter eBulletin. Click the link below to see an archive of past eBulletins and to subscribe to our distribution list.

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Research Translation Maps

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences uses a translational research framework that draws from biomedical models to illustrate the translational research accomplishments for a given research project. The model consists of a series of concentric rings with multiple nodes and defines “translation” as movement either between rings or between nodes. The framework is meant to help researchers map their translational milestones and increase their public health impacts by identifying opportunities for further translation. 


UW SRP's Agency Partners:

  • 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 (EPA)'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 to address water and air toxins. 
  • Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency that leads the region’s collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. 
  • Northwest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) is part of a national network of academically based specialists dedicated to providing expertise to clinicians, public health professionals, policy-makers, and the public on environmental factors that influence children's health. PEHSU is a nonprofit agency that offers its services at no cost. It is funded by EPA and ATSDR.


Headshot of Lisa Hayward.Research Translation Manager: Lisa Hayward, PhD

phone: 206-795-8843



Headshot of Thomas Burbacher.Research Translation Director: Thomas Burbacher

Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

phone: 206-685-1862