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July 6, 2009

Injury Center Receives 5-Year Renewal from CDC

The Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is one of four injury control research centers nationwide selected for funding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Injury control research centers study the three core phases of injury control—prevention, acute care and rehabilitation—and serve as training and information centers for the public and health professionals.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy was one of the first centers for excellence in injury research funded by the CDC and has been in existence since 1987. The work of the Injury Center spans the spectrum of unintentional and intentional injury across the lifespan and across the globe, with a strong focus on translation research as well as education and outreach to promote effective programs and policies.

“We are thrilled our five-year competitive renewal was chosen for funding,” said Andrea Gielen, ScD, ScM, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy. “The funding will allow us to continue our lifesaving work bridging the gap between injury-related research and practice locally, nationally and internationally. On behalf of everyone at the Injury Center, I would like to thank CDC for their continued support.” The Injury Center was awarded $4.87 million over five years.

In a statement, Ileana Arias, PhD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said, “Connecting research to communities is a primary focus for CDC and we are pleased to announce the new ICRCs, as well as those renewed. I consider each to be a part of this critical research network. Their work will fill a critical gap and can help shape a better understanding of how to improve the lives of those affected to help them live to their full potential.”

In addition to Johns Hopkins, the University of North Carolina was also renewed. The two newly designated ICRCs are Brown Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., and Emory Center for Injury Control, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Each will be funded for five years.

Public Affairs media contact for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Tim Parsons at 410-955-7619 or tmparson@jhsph.edu.

Additional contact: Alicia Samuels, MPH, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy 410-614-5555 or 914-720-4635