The MIT SRP Center Research Translation Core (RTC) networks formally with other Superfund Research Centers and with the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, enables partnerships with government agencies, supports transfer of innovative technology to end-users, and fosters bidirectional communication with engagement partners. Stakeholders include citizens in our catchment areas, scientists in other peer SRP Centers (as well as their broader communities), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The overarching goal of the RTC is to coordinate multi-laboratory research and technology development, facilitate networking, and support bidirectional communication with external stakeholders. The RTC also serves as a hub to connect engineers, scientists, and educators to the outstanding support network provided by the Engagement and Translation Advisory Committee (ETAC). ETAC members include accomplished leadership in toxicology (academic and industry), public policy, online education, intellectual property, tribal health, and local community agencies. The wealth of expertise of this committee provides an invaluable launch pad for translational activities. The RTC leverages the exceptional experience of the ETAC to ensure that all MIT SRP Center researchers are well supported in their translational activities.
The RTC also provides opportunities and delineates mechanisms for the transfer of technologies to end-users. They communicate scientific insights from the MIT SRP projects beyond the government or marketplace, allowing MIT SRP research to make a broad impact. The RTC leverages technology and knowledge that emanates from the MIT SRP Center to the broadest possible group of beneficiaries, including those who are already vested in exposure biology, public health, and the broader community.