UW SRP Researchers' Work

Translating Research Findings to the Public

NIEHS recognizes the importance of translating research outcomes to a variety of appropriate audiences, thereby encouraging the accurate and timely use of this research. Research Translation includes communicating scientific findings to at risk populations and community members who could benefit from this knowledge. Oftentimes this includes working with fellow scientists and government agencies that work directly with toxic sites.

In addition, research often results in the creation of novel technologies, products or approaches that can facilitate or improve site cleanup. For example University of Washington SRP researchers have developed quantitative biomarkers of exposure. These technologies have tremendous potential to improve human health and site remediation.

Researchers Topics of Investigation

Biomarkers of Susceptibility to Environmentally-induced Diseases and of Exposures
Scientists are investigating the role of two paraoxonase genes as modifiers of risks associated with pesticides in farm workers and as susceptibility traits for Parkinson's disease.

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Parkinsonism and Metal Exposures Among Welders
In this epidemiology study, scientists are studying shipyard welders to determine whether their exposure to metals, especially manganese, increases their risk for parkinsonism.

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Plasma Biomarkers for Parkinsonism in Welders
Scientists are investigating occupation exposures in welders, using biological markers in blood as tool, to help identify individuals that might be at risk for developing disabling Parkinsonism.

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Biotransformation Gene-environment Interactions in Coho Salmon Neurotoxicity
Scientists are examining gene/environment interactions in the olfactory system of salmon to understand how model Superfund neurotoxicants cause neurobehavioral impairment.

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Phytoremediation of Pollutants Using Transgenic Plants
Scientists are developing phytoremediation methods for degredation of volatile organic compounds. Genetically modified poplar plants will be field tested for remediation efficacy and ecological safety

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