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Center for Injury Research and Policy

About Our Center

For more than 30 years, the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy has played a key role in redefining injury as a pressing public health problem and promoting injury research as a scientific discipline.

Mission & Vision | Our Priorities | From Science to Practice | Guiding Principles | 30th Anniversary Video

The Center is dedicated to closing the gap between injury research and practice to prevent injuries and ameliorate their consequences.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy relies on a variety of funding sources to support its work, including government, philanthropic, individual and corporate. Since its inception in 1987, the Center has received core funding from the CDC.

four kids together outside Mission

The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy is a collaborative of injury prevention experts who conduct innovative research, teach today’s practitioners and tomorrow’s leaders, and translate discoveries into effective solutions to the devastating and costly problem of injuries in our society.

The Center’s mission is achieved through three areas of work:


To live in a society that is safe, where all people are free from the burden of life-altering injuries.

Our Priorities

Four injury topics represent the Center’s current priorities and reflect what we believe will have the greatest return on investments in outreach, training and education, and research in terms of lives saved and quality of lives improved.

multigenerational family outside togetherThe Center has also identified five populations of special interest. These groups are vulnerable to higher risk for experiencing certain types of injuries or injury outcomes for a variety of reasons including age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and exposure to physical and/or psychological trauma.

Guiding Principles

From Science to Practice

teen driver, taking driving testThe science of injury prevention and control requires in-depth study of injuries to identify patterns, risk factors, prevention opportunities and treatment options. Injury research has demonstrated the lifesaving potential of safety products, laws and new approaches to medical care.

Pioneering injury research, including some of our own, has resulted in lifesaving practices and policies in the United States. Some examples from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Source: About CDC's Injury Center


30th Anniversary

We’ve been working for 30 years to close the gap between injury research and practice to prevent injury. Learn more our Center’s pioneering past and promising future.