Research Translation Core
The Michigan State Univesity (MSU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center focuses on the toxicology and environmental fate of dioxin and dioxin-like compounds (DLC), which have been identified as environmental contaminants in the Tri-Cities (Saginaw, Midland, Bay City) area in Michigan. The MSU SRP Center Research Translation Core (RTC) will serve as a bidirectional bridge for disseminating information, technology transfer and educational activities between the MSU SRP Center and key stakeholders. Specifically, our stakeholders are State government agencies, including Michigan Department Environment Quality (MDEQ) and Michigan Department of Agriculture Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Federal government agencies, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 5 and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and industry, such as the Sediment Management Working Group (SMWG).
Ultimately, the most important stakeholders are the residents in communities in which environmental contamination exists and therefore, we have identified health professionals in community-based hospitals as novel stakeholders since they can be critical conduits of research translation. Training of health professionals will occur at the Flint and Midland Regional Campuses of the MSU College of Human Medicine. This aforementioned consortium of stakeholders provides a unique opportunity for scientists from government, industry and academia to collaborate on solutions to complex environmental problems surrounding dioxin and DLC in the State of Michigan.