The supplemental grant was awarded by the NIEHS to the UCSD Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP), directed by Robert Tukey, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry in the UCSD School of Medicine. The SBRP was first funded with $15 million in 2000, and received a five-year, $17.2 million renewal of this grant from NIEHS in April of this year.
"We are proud to be one of the academic partners around the country working with NIEHS," said UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. "The situation in the Gulf has affected thousands of people, and we have a responsibility to apply our research capabilities towards helping to understand the long-term impact on human health of the recent devastation."
In the aftermath of Katrina, the need for a user-friendly web-based portal, including an on-line, interactive GIS system coupled with high-resolution visualization tools immediately became clear.
"Within days of the hurricane hitting New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, we realized that a one-stop shop for data, knowledge and tools would be valuable to research scientists who needed data for analyzing immediate and long-term impacts of environmental stressors on human health," said Tukey,
Under direction from Dr. David Schwartz, Director of the NIEHS and Dr. William Suk, Director of the Superfund Basic Research Program at NIEHS, Tukey called together a team of GIS experts including Mark Ellisman, Ph.D., Professor of Neurosciences and Bioengineering and Director of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research as well as th
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