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A World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention

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Date: Sep 2012

JH-IIRU team members, including director Adnan Hyder, associate directors Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, Kent Stevens, Leon Robertson Faculty Development Chair Kavi Bhalla and research program coordinator Jeffrey Lunnen, will be traveling to New Zealand for the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion.  This biennial meeting will bring together the leading scientists, researchers and academics from all over the world in an effort to strengthen the field of injury prevention and safety promotion.

The JH-IIRU team will be busy this year, both before and during the conference. JH-IIRU had more than 20 abstracts accepted, for oral and poster presentations, and Drs. Bachani and Stevens will host workshops, one on evaluating road safety interventions and the other on trauma care systems in low- and middle-income countries, respectively. 

In addition, our colleagues at the Road Traffic Injury Research Network (RTIRN) will be hosting a workshop on road safety interventions from September 30th – October 1. For additional information, click here:

Check in with the team on Facebook ( and Twitter ( this week for updates and news from the conference.

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For more information about the International Injury Research Unit, please contact

For more information about Safety 2012, please visit the conference website

In July, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members, Senior Technical Advisor, David Bishai, and Research Program Coordinator, Ekaterina Slyunkina, attended the International Conference on Road Safety in 10 Countries that was held in Lipetsk, Russian Federation.

While at the two-day conference, which was organized by the Lipetsk government, JH-IIRU presented an assessment of the first two years of the RS-10 project in the Russian Federation. Team members discussed the successes and challenges of implementation in the intervention sites of Lipetskaya and Ivanovskaya Oblast, as well as opportunities for the future to enable both regions to achieve greater results and to bring success to the RS-10 project in Russian Federation.  For example, conference participants discussed the need to expand and intensify collaborations with consortium partners and between key stakeholders and the desire to engage various federal and regional departments in road safety measures, as well as the possibility of declaring 2013 a “Road Safety Year.”

The conference provided an excellent opportunity to enhance collaboration between JH-IIRU and other RS-10 consortium partners as well as key stakeholders at the central and regional level.

As a result of the conference, the Lipetsk government issued a resolution to endorse mutual collaboration in order to overcome challenges of RS-10 project and reduce road traffic fatalites and injuries in the region. The resolution also calls on federal departments involved in road safety activities to improve the enforcement and surveillance at the national level.  Additionally, conference participants called for discussions with the regional departments involved in road safety activities to develop and implement additional activities that will be eventually linked to the planned political and budgetary initiatives, to expand and intensify collaboration with consortium partners, to use the international experience of other countries, and to a develop a complex and systematic approach to the road safety culture on Lipetsk roads through by  establishing a special fund that will ensure various federal and regional departments will be engaged in road safety initiatives.

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International Road Safety Conference participants.

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JH-IIRU research program coordinator, Ekaterina Slyunkina, at the conference.

To see examples of media coverage in the Russian Federation of the conference, follow these links:

For additional information on the RS-10 Project, click here, or contact us at

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit was recently awarded a five-year training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study trauma, injuries and disabilities in Uganda. The Johns Hopkins – Makerere University Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability (JHU-MU Chronic-TRIAD) award will allow researchers from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) to strengthen research capacity on the long-term health and economic consequences of trauma, injuries and disability across the lifespan in Uganda.

JH-IIRU director, Adnan A. Hyder, will lead a team that includes faculty and researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda. Dr. Olive Kobusingye, a well-known expert in trauma and injury prevention in Africa and developing nations, will lead the project for Makerere University.The team will develop a collaborative program that will train a core group of researchers in Uganda to generate relevant data and apply it for promotion of key national priorities to reduce the growing chronic burden of disability from trauma and injuries across the lifespan.  In addition the team will also establish a sustainable training program that will provide a home for faculty across Makerere University, and develop an annual forum in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health for research-to-policy dialogue on the chronic consequences of trauma, injuries and disabilities.

To read more about this new grant, visit the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health news page:

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