The purpose of the PRP is to increase the research capacity of research trainees and young investigators in occupational health and safety and to encourage those in related disciplines to pursue occupational health and safety research. Under the administrative direction of Dr. Amit Bhattacharya, research proposals are solicited and peer-reviewed annually from qualifying faculty and graduate students from the University of Cincinnati and the following PRP partnering institutions – Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Ohio University, Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo–Medical Science Campus, Central State University, Purdue University, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University and Kentucky State University. At this symposium, the 2006-07 awardees
presented the results of their research and the 2007-08 awardees
made poster presentations of their proposed work. This year’s keynote speakers
were Thomas Thundat, Ph.D., Corporate Fellow Leader, Nanoscale Science and Devices Group; Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Adedeji Badiru, PhD, PE, Professor & Department Head, Systems & Engineering Management Department, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson Air Force Base. There
were also opportunities to speak with all of the presenters individually.
The University of Cincinnati’s Education and Research Center is one of 17 such centers funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) nationally. C. Scott Clark
Ph.D., PE, CIH serves as the Director of the ERC, which is based in the university’s Department of Environmental Health within the College of Medicine. The ERC’s purpose is to train professionals in the didactic and research skills necessary to lead the occupational safety and health disciplines. Results of research are translated into action through an outreach program and shared with professionals and practitioners in the region via continuing education.
Since 1999, the PRP program has allocated over $500 thousand dollars to support pilot research projects. These projects have served as a catalyst in bringing over $3 million in additional research support to the region from sources independent of the PRP program, such as, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the PRP also brought 15 new investigators from other fields of expertise to the area of occupational safety and health research.