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The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit extends its congratulations to Dr. David Bishai, the Unit’s senior technical advisor, on his promotion to full Johns Hopkins professor. Dr. Bishai is a highly valued member of the Unit’s team and has lent his expertise to many projects, most recently providing guidance for the Road Safety in 10 Countries initiative.

Dr. Bishai uses his extensive knowledge of economic theory to study populations, families and the ways in which public health interventions, including injury control, affect population health. He has focused much of his applied work on evaluating public health interventions such as vaccines, injury control measures and STD control activities.

For more information about Dr. Bishai’s important contributions to public health, please visit his webpage.

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Dr. David Bishai, Senior Technical Advisor, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit established a strong presence during the Safety 2010 World Conference in London last week. Co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, this international event is considered the major scientific platform for sharing ideas and furthering knowledge about violence and injury prevention. According to the WHO, it draws more than 1,200 of the world’s leading injury researchers, practitioners and advocates from more than 130 countries.

Members of the International Injury Research Unit, including Dr. Adnan Hyder, Dr. Aruna Chandran, Dr. Prasanthi Puvanachandra and Dr. David Bishai participated in several sessions throughout the event, including a WHO pre-meeting entitled the “Third Global Meeting of Ministry of Health Focal Points for Violence and Injury Prevention.”

The team hosted a parallel session and workshop on September 22 which focused on the evaluation of road safety interventions in 10 countries. This heavily attended session featured presentations and discussion from leaders in international road safety including representatives from the WHO, the Global Road Safety Partnership and Bloomberg Philanthropies, in addition to the International Injury Research Unit’s own Dr. Hyder and Dr. Puvanachandra.

On September 24, Dr. Bishai of the International Injury Research Unit, along with Dr. Francesco Zamboni of the WHO, presented their research during a scientific session entitled “Road Transport Law and Policy.” Dr. Bishai discussed the politics of road safety projects and raised the aspiration that, despite political challenges, these projects can lead to the ascendance of road safety on national political agendas.

In addition, Dr. Hyder served as the chair for sessions hosted by the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network and also the WHO’s Mentor VIP program. The International Injury Research Unit further demonstrated results on several posters throughout the conference.

For more information about the International Injury Research Unit, please download our Safety 2010 brochure or contact IIRU@jhsph.edu.

Dr. Adnan Hyder, Dr. Aruna Chandran, Dr. Prasanthi Puvanachandra and Dr. David Bishai of the International Injury Research Unit are gearing up for the Safety 2010 World Conference in London later this month.

The team will be presenting their research and lending their expertise to several sessions both before and during the three-day event. In particular, the Unit will be hosting a parallel session on September 22 which will focus on the evaluation of road safety interventions.

The session will feature presentations and discussion from leaders in international road safety including representatives from the World Health Organization and the Global Road Safety Partnership, in addition to members of the International Injury Research Unit.

If you or your colleagues are attending the events in London, please join us for this special parallel session.

WHAT: Evaluating Road Safety Interventions: Road Safety in 10 Countries

WHEN: Wednesday, September 22, 15:00

WHERE: Fleet Room, Safety 2010 World Conference, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, UK

For more information about the International Injury Research Unit, please contact IIRU@jhsph.edu. For more information about Safety 2010, please visit its website.

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Invitation to the International Injury Research Unit's parallel session and workshop in London.

The International Injury Research Unit today welcomed Tony Bliss of the World Bank to its regular meeting. Demonstrating an ever-increasing interest among global organizations in the issues of international injury prevention and, in particular, road safety, Mr. Bliss’ visit sparked a welcome exchange of ideas.

Following presentations from Dr. Aruna Chandran (i.e., the International Injury Research Unit’s associate director of monitoring and surveillance) and Dr. David Bishai (i.e., the Unit’s senior technical advisor), the group brainstormed ideas for future collaboration between the transport and health sectors – which they agreed to be a critical juncture for international road safety and injury prevention work.

Mr. Bliss is the lead road safety specialist in the Transport Division of the Energy, Transport and Water Department of the World Bank. His work focuses on the development and promotion of multi-sectoral strategies to improve road safety outcomes in low and middle-income countries. He is also leading the establishment of the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility, which is funding global and regional capacity building initiatives related to road safety.

The International Injury Research Unit embraces this partnership as we work together toward reducing the burden of injuries around the world.

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Dr. Adnan Hyder, director, International Injury Research Unit, and Tony Bliss, lead road safety specialist, World Bank, discuss injury research during an informative presentation given by Dr. Aruna Chandran, the Unit’s associate director of monitoring and surveillance.

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