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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 24, 2006

Peek-Asa To Lead UI Injury Prevention Research Center

The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), which aims to prevent and control injuries, is under new leadership.

Corinne Peek-Asa, Ph.D., professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health, has been named director of the IPRC, succeeding Craig Zwerling, M.D., Ph.D., professor and head of occupational and environmental health. Zwerling directed the center from 1995 through 2005.

"Dr. Peek-Asa is the leading injury control researcher of her generation," Zwerling said. "We are delighted that she is here to lead the IPRC and help enhance safety research at the university. The research she conducts has a big impact on her community, and Iowa has already benefited from her input."

Peek-Asa trained at the University of California at Los Angeles where she served on the faculty for six years. She came to the UI in 2001 and since then has served as the center's associate director for science. She holds a secondary appointment in epidemiology.

Peek-Asa's research interests include motor vehicle safety, workplace violence, occupational traumatic injury, domestic violence and disaster response. Peek-Asa is also director of a Fogarty International Center grant to establish a Traumatic Injury Training Program in Central Europe and the Occupational Injury Prevention Research program, sponsored through the UI Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

"Injuries are the leading cause of death for those aged 1 through 44, and we overlook many opportunities to prevent them. Iowa is such a splendid environment, and the university has many talented researchers working on different aspects of injury control. I am very excited to build on the strong foundation that already exists, and to find new opportunities to improve safety for Iowans," Peek-Asa said.

Founded in 1990, the IPRC is one of 12 injury "Centers of Excellence" funded by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The IPRC aims to prevent and control injuries in high-risk rural populations by supporting research and training and by disseminating research results to policy makers. The center is based in the UI College of Public Health Department of Occupational and Environmental Health and includes 51 faculty members from the college as well as the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242

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