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Data dialogues: critical connections for designing and implementing future nanomaterial research
Powers, Christina, K. Grieger, C. Beaudrie, C. Ogilvie Hendren, J. Davis, A. Wang, C. Sayes, M. MacDonnell, AND Jeff Gift. Data dialogues: critical connections for designing and implementing future nanomaterial research. Environment Systems & Decisions. Springer, New York, NY, 35(1):76-87, (2014).
Individuals and organizations in the engineered nanomaterial (ENM) community have increasingly recognized two related but distinct concerns: 1) discordant data due to differences in experimental design (e.g., material characteristics, experimental model, exposure concentration) or reporting (e.g., dose metric, material characterization details), and 2) a lack of data to inform decisions about ENM environmental, health, and safety (EHS). This manuscript discusses one way to help address these issues through “data dialogues” or structured discussions between ENM researchers in EHS fields (e.g., toxicology, exposure science, and industrial hygiene) and decision makers who use the data researchers collect.
This Commentary discusses the important role of “data dialogues” or structured discussions between ENM researchers in EHS fields (e.g., toxicology, exposure science, and industrial hygiene) and decision makers who use the data researchers collect. The importance of these structured discussions is examined here in the context of barriers, solutions, and incentives: barriers to developing research relevant for human and ecological risk assessments; potential solutions to overcome such barriers; and incentives to help implement these or other solutions. These barriers, solutions, and incentives were identified by a group of expert stakeholders and ENM community members in a December 2013 Society for Risk Analysis panel discussion on research needed to support decision making for multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). Key topics discussed by experts and ENM community members include: (1) the value of researchers collaborating with EHS decision makers (e.g., risk analysts, product developers, regulators) to design research that can inform ENM EHS-related decisions (e.g., occupational exposure limits, product safety determinations), (2) the importance of funding incentives for such collaborative research, (3) the need to improve mechanisms for data-sharing within and between sectors (e.g., academia, government, and industry), and (4) the critical need to educate the “next generation” of nanotechnology researchers in EHS topics (e.g., risk assessment, risk management).
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC
HAZARDOUS POLLUTANT ASSESSMENT GROUP