WRITER: ADELE BONNEY
CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Oct. 21, 2002
UI Injury Prevention Research Center receives $4.5 million in renewed
The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) was recently
notified of continuation of funding by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). The successful grant application to the National Center
for Injury Prevention and Control will result in $4.5 million over five years.
Traumatic injury is a leading public health problem in the United States,
with injuries being the principal cause of death among persons ages 1 through
44. Since 1990, the IPRC has been working to reduce the public health burden
of injuries, focusing on rural injury prevention.
"Iowans are at increased risk for unintentional injuries compared to
persons living in more urban states," said Craig Zwerling, M.D., Ph.D.,
director of the IPRC and professor and head of occupational and environmental
health. "The Injury Prevention Research Center here at the University
of Iowa is a national leader in researching ways to reduce the high number
of preventable injuries that occur in rural communities." Zwerling noted
that that the IPRC is considered a world leader in bringing medical and public
health researchers together with engineers to utilize advanced driving simulation
technologies to examine injury prevention strategies.
The IPRC is located in the UI College of Public Health's department of occupational
and environmental health. It is one of 11 CDC-funded Centers of Excellence
in Injury Control Research. Serving as a national resource for rural injury
prevention, the center provides information and educational programs in injury
prevention and promotes development of public policies to prevent and control
injuries. John Lundell, IPRC deputy director, heads the outreach efforts that
promote and advocate injury prevention in Iowa and the Midwest.
Faculty and staff from 16 departments within the UI Colleges of Public Health,
Medicine, Engineering, and Liberal Arts and Sciences conduct research in the
center. The IPRC has also developed a strong working relationship with the
UI department of surgery and the Trauma Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor and head of surgery, foresees
even more opportunities for collaboration:
"The establishment of a department in emergency medicine within the
Carver College of Medicine will provide excellent opportunities to partner
with colleagues in the IPRC to address the prevention and treatment of traumatic
injuries," Scott-Conner said. She credits the IPRC with helping the hospital
achieve its Level One Trauma Center verification status.
Research projects based in the IPRC include: evaluating emergency medical
services within Iowa (principal investigator James Torner, Ph.D., UI department
of epidemiology); comparing the effectiveness of various types of smoke detectors
(principal investigator Corinne Peek-Asa, Ph.D., UI department of occupational
and environment health); examining risk-taking behavior of children using
a bicycling simulator (principal investigator Jodie Plumert, Ph.D., UI department
of psychology); and studying the driving abilities of persons with sleep apnea
syndrome (principal investigator Matthew Rizzo, M.D., UI department of neurology).
In addition to supporting research, the IPRC also offers undergraduate and
graduate students courses in injury control.