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Center for Injury Research and Policy

Additional Research Projects

Members of the Center’s Core Faculty are also engaged in other research projects that address the Center’s priority topic areas and/or populations of special interest. These projects are supported by a variety of public and private funders, and some examples are listed here.  

Project: METRC -- Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC) 
Topic area: trauma survivors (veterans and members of the military) 
PI: Ellen MacKenzie 
Funder: Department of Defense 
Goal: The Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), established in 2009, consists of a group of over 50 hospitals and one data-coordinating center that conduct multi-center clinical research studies relevant to the treatment and outcomes of orthopaedic trauma sustained in the military. The project aims to produce the evidence needed to establish treatment guidelines for the optimal care of the wounded warrior and ultimately improve the clinical, functional and quality of life outcomes of both service members and civilians who sustain high energy trauma to the extremities. 
Project: Development of a Smartphone Application to Measure Driving Behavior
Topic area: transportation safety (children and adolescents)
PI: Johnathon Ehsani
Funder: Technology Transfer Committee, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Goal: Create an app-based tool for novice drivers to record how much practice they accumulate during the learner permit stage.
Project: Psychosocial and environmental factors for injury outcomes of older adults 
Topic area: transportation safety (older adults) 
PI: Vanya Jones 
Funder: AAA Foundation 
Goal: Pre-planning for developing a long-term multi-site prospective cohort study to better understand senior drivers. 
Project: Injury Needs Assessment, White Mountain Apache Tribe 
Topic area: general injury prevention (populations affected by health disparities) 
PI: Wendy Shields 
Funder: CDC 
Goal: Conduct a needs assessment demonstrating the burden of injuries in the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT) population and to identify opportunities to reduce injuries. 
Project: An Evaluation of State Laws Intended to Curb High-Risk Opioid Prescribing 
Topic area: substance use and overdose 
PIs: Beth McGinty and Lainie Rutkow 
Funder: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 
Goal: Examine how state laws including prescription drug monitoring program laws, pill mill laws, and opioid prescribing cap laws affect opioid prescribing. 
Project: Residential Sprinkler Systems for Existing Homes: A Strategy to Advance Retrofit Technology 
Topic area: home safety 
PI: Shannon Frattaroli 
Funder: Federal Emergency Management Agency 
Goal: Collect information about homeowners’ experiences with sprinkler retrofit in order to raise awareness about this home safety option and affect the number of people who retrofit their homes.