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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) scientists Drs. Qingfeng Li and Nino Paichadze conducted a workshop on advanced analytical methods for injury data on June 11 and 12, 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Held as a product of the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program in Vietnam (JHU-Hanoi-TRIP), the sessions welcomed about 50 participants from Hanoi Preventive Medicine Center, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi School of Public Health (HUPH), among other institutions.

“This training workshop went quite well,” said JH-IIRU Associate Director Qingfeng Li, PhD, MHS. “Through our partnership with the Hanoi School of Public Health, we’ve been able to lead critical trauma and injury training sessions to passionate students and public health practitioners in Vietnam.”

Following opening remarks from Dr. Cuong Pham, director of the Center for Injury Policy and Prevention Research (CIPPR) at Hanoi University of Public Health, Dr. Li kicked off the training with a presentation on the principles of injury prevention before Dr. Paichadze held sessions on the risk factors for trauma and injuries, and data sources for trauma and injuries.

On the workshop’s second day, participants were engaged in group exercises to analyze sample injury data using statistical methods introduced by Dr. Li on day one. Each group made presentation on their work and received feedback from Dr. Li.

After the workshop Dr. Paichadze led a seminar on Information and communications technology (ICT) approaches for capacity building in public health.

JHU-Hanoi-TRIP spawned from a five-year grant on injury training in Vietnam from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant builds on existing collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and HUPH and addresses global injury barriers through a collaborative training program. The program’s overall goal is to strengthen research capacity on injury and trauma in Vietnam, as well as its long-term health, economic, and societal consequences through an innovative model of sustainable capacity development.

To learn more about the program and grant, please click here.

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Instructors and participants join together for a picture at the conclusion of the workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) Associate Director and Assistant Scientist Amber Mehmood, MD represented the Unit and School at the Global Alliance for the Care of the Injured (GACI) meeting on May 7-8, 2018 at World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

On behalf of the Unit, Mehmood presented JH-IIRU’s portfolio of research and work related to trauma and emergency care, including the development and implementation of trauma registries, capacity development, and assessment of trauma and emergency care systems.

“As a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention, our Unit is dedicated to responding to the growing burden of injuries worldwide,” said Mehmood. “Our affiliation with the Global Alliance for the Care of the Injured is key to meeting with other committed researchers to identify and implement effective solutions and influence public policy and practice in injury prevention across the globe.”

Mehmood and her colleagues in GACI’s Data and Quality improvement workgroup convened for sessions in which they focused on minimal dataset for injuries and the finalization of metadata for a WHO trauma registry.

To learn more about GACI, please click here. To learn about JH-IIRU and its role as a WHO Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention, please click here.

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World Health Organization Coordinator Dr. Nhan Tran presents on the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration at the meeting of the Global Alliance for the Care of the Injured on May 7-8, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Beginning Thursday, March 1, 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Makerere University School of Public Health will co-host the two-day “East African Injury Symposium” at the Sheraton Kampala in Uganda. The Symposium will be sponsored by the Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability in Uganda (JHU-MU Chronic-TRIAD) program funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center.

The goal of the Symposium is to bring together leading researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and activists from the injury field across East Africa in order to share their research and knowledge, as well as discuss the ways of translating evidence into practice.

“Continuing with our 10th anniversary schedule of events, this Symposium provides the opportunity to engage with decision makers in a region where injuries are a leading cause of death,” said JH-IIRU director Professor Adnan Hyder. “We’ll also honor the first recipient of the JH-IIRU Award for Excellence in Injury Research for a career of dedication to research and practice in injury prevention.”

In addition to faculty from JH-IIRU and Makerere University School of Public Health, Symposium facilitators will include World Health Organization (WHO) Coordinator Dr. Nhan Tran and United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety Mr. Jean Todt.

The Symposium will feature moderated sessions on injury topics—such as EMS, trauma care, and road safety—and overarching research subjects – including causation and consequences, capacity building, and implementation challenges.

Stay tuned for live updates here.

To learn more about the JH-IIRU 10th anniversary, please click here. To read about the JHU-MU Chronic TRIAD program, click here.

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The two-day Symposium will be part of JH-IIRU’s 10th anniversary schedule of events covering a diverse array of injury subjects.

On June 1-2, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) organized its first workshop as part of the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program (JHU-Hanoi-TRIP). The workshop focused on injury prevention and was held in collaboration with Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH). More than 20 people from various universities, institutes, and hospitals attended the workshop held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The objectives of the workshop were to: Demonstrate basic knowledge of the incidence, etiology and impact of trauma and injuries on individuals and society; identify basic methods for key research around trauma and injury; and identify data sources, primary data collection and data management for trauma and injuries. 

Dr. Abdul Bachani, associate director of JH-IIRU, attended the workshop remotely. Dr. Bachani opened the workshop by providing an overview of the frameworks and principles of injury prevention. He also discussed data sources for trauma and injuries alongside Dr. Cuong Pham, director of the Center for Injury Policy and Prevention Research (CIPPR) at HSPH. Next, JH-IIRU assistant scientist, Dr. Qingfeng Li, presented on the role of data in identifying the burden of injuries.

On the second day of the workshop, participants and facilitators took part in a field exercise where they collected observational data on helmet use. After the exercise, Dr. Li led a session on data management where participants were able to use the data they collected from the field.

Read more about the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program here.

Workshop with Hanoi School of Public Health

Dr. Qingfeng Li with HSPH faculty and workshop participants 

On March 9-10, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, traveled to Dubai to attend the third Lancet NCDI Poverty meeting. The meeting was attended by 15 Commission members.

The meeting focused on a section-by-section review of the outline, draft text, working papers, and other inputs for the Commission report. The meeting also provided time for the Commission members to discuss messages and recommendations, analysis of report data and evidence, and delegation of report section authors. Lastly, Commissioners discussed the writing and editorial process and established working group and individual writing responsibilities.

On the second day of the meeting, the Commission members visited the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center. In the afternoon, Dr. Hyder led a plenary discussion of key messages and recommendations for two sections of the report. The report is expected to be published in early 2018.

The next Lancet Commission meeting is planned for June 2017.

Read more about the Lancet Commission here.

Lancet NCDI Poverty Meeting in Dubai

Members of the global Commission at the third Lancet NCDI Poverty meeting

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