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Research about sustainability is becoming a hot topic. The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University hosts a sustainability research conference beginning today, February 9. This is a topic that has never achieved much attention on the agendas of researchers or funders, but that condition may be shifting. This conference features Ross Brownson, Enola Proctor, and Doug Luke from Wash U, and adds researchers such as Jill Marsteller, Kurt Stange, and Phyllis Panzano who will discuss cases of sustained programs and the factors that led to their continuation. Program officers from CDC, NIMH, NIDA, and NCI will take part, too. Perhaps a large part of the lack of funded projects that explicitly study sustainability is that the timelines required to study long-term effects are, well, long. This will be a prime obstacle in creating a research agenda about sustainability, but it may also force consideration of alternative study designs.

Jim Dearing
Director/PI, CCRC
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Written by CCRC at 11:36

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