142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative: First three years

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Chuck Wilson, PhD , Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, Baton Rouge, LA
Michael Carron, PhD , Gulf of Mexico Research Intitatve, Ocean Springs, MS

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was established to administer $500 million committed by British Petroleum (BP) to understand the fate and effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident.  Competitive research awards are made by an independent research board following National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation practices. The Board comprises twenty distinguished researchers; 10 members from around the world appointed by BP and 10 members from institutions in the Gulf region appointed by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. 

The goals of GoMRI are to: 1) study the Deepwater Horizon and similar incidents and their impacts on the environment and public health, and 2) develop improvements for spill mitigation, oil detection and new remediation technologies. Through public input, GoMRI identified five research themes; physical distribution of contaminants; chemical evolution and biological degradation of contaminants; environmental effects and ecosystem recovery; technological developments; and public health.

GOMRI has awarded over 175 million dollars including $45M state-based block grants, approximately $110.5M for multi-institutional consortia and $19 M supporting independent investigators. Results of the next major research competition will be announced in the fall of 2014.

GoMRI has created data management and outreach programs.  Data policies are dedicated to open data discovery and access.  GOMRI has or is supporting over 2,200 researchers (over 350 graduate students) who already have published over 275 manuscripts in globally recognized peer- reviewed journals.  Outreach efforts include consortia specific programs, an active central web portal for access to and exchange of information and a centralized outreach program.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe research activities of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative over the first three years.

Keyword(s): Public Health Research, Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Chief Scientific Officer of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.