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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit

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

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Keyword: global burden of injuries


Johns Hopkins has been working on a new, cross-divisional endeavor that will bring together a wide variety of faculty members and students from public health, medicine, nursing, engineering, economics, and public policy to build a "pipeline of discovery" to advance lifesaving international efforts in the areas of injuries, nutrition, the health of women and children as well as both non-communicable and infectious diseases.

The new Global Health Initiative will focus on broad, global perspectives and on innovative, multi-faceted interventions to develop and implement evidence-based solutions for these critical issues, and improve life for millions.

This new global health initiative is part of a joint fund-raising effort between the university and health system, “Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins,” which aims to create 300 endowed professorships and generate nearly $700 million for undergraduate financial aid and graduate student fellowships. It also will support interdisciplinary research teams seeking answers to worldwide problems in areas like health, education, water resources and revitalization of cities.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit welcomes this new initiative to implement life-saving solutions, and prepare future global health leaders to solve critical problems, including the global burden of injuries.

Watch the Global Health Initiative video here:

Dr. James P. Neifeld, professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University, met with key members of the International Injury Research Unit today to discuss the role of the U.S. medical community abroad. Joined by Dr. Adnan Hyder of the Unit, along with Dr. Aruna Chandran and Dr. Kent Stevens, the group agreed that there are numerous benefits to giving U.S. medical professionals opportunities to study and work in other areas of the world. However, this endeavor must have a systematic approach, they agreed.

Dr. Kent Stevens, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, discussed his personal experience as a surgeon with interests in international research, particularly in Cameroon.

The International Injury Research Unit welcomes future collaboration with Dr. Neifeld and Virginia Commonwealth University as both strive to reduce the impact and burden of injuries around the world.


Dr. Adnan Hyder, director of the International Injury Research Unit, discusses injuries with Dr. Stevens and Dr. Neifeld.

In most developing countries, the lack of data collection on the size of injury problem has augmented this historical neglect, as a result of avoidable events. In order to develop effective prevention strategies, we need better information on the burden of injuries and violence around the world. This symposium is aimed at those interested in international injury prevention, trauma care, research and data collection to learn from injury surveillance experience around the world.

For more information about this symposium, please click here.

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