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Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, PhD, MHS has been named director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), beginning August 1, 2018. Dr. Bachani will become JH-IIRU’s second director, succeeding founding Director Dr. Adnan Hyder, who was recently named Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor in Global Health at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. 

Dr. Bachani, an assistant professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where the Unit is based, has played a critical role in JH-IIRU’s first 10 years of innovation and research in global injury prevention and control. A founding member of the Unit, he first served as associate director for training and capacity development before becoming deputy director. As director of JH-IIRU, Dr. Bachani will continue his leadership of a diverse, multidisciplinary team of faculty and scientists in injury prevention research, collaboration, and training.  

“We are thrilled to see Dr. Abdul Bachani in this new leadership role with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit,” said Dr. David Peters, Edgar Berman Chair in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “His experience in the department and within the Unit will serve the team well to continue their lifesaving work across the globe.”

As deputy director of JH-IIRU, Dr. Bachani played a key role for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Focusing on four road safety risk factors, BIGRS focuses on improving road safety in 10 cities around the world through generation of evidence, evaluation of road safety risk factors, and development and implementation of programs.

“We are excited that Dr. Bachani has been appointed director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit,” said Kelly Larson, who oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies’  injury prevention programs. “We’ve valued Dr. Adnan Hyder’s leadership at JH-IIRU and wish him the best in his next endeavor. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with the Unit, particularly in road safety and drowning prevention.”

Dr. Bachani currently leads a multi-country study to understand long-term health, societal, and economic consequences of physical disability. He also leads efforts to train other public health professionals and scholars to build capacity for injury and disability research in low- and middle-income countries globally, and led the development of Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (RTIP), one of the first free, online training certificate programs hosted by JH-IIRU.

A champion of child injury prevention, Dr. Bachani is also leading efforts to integrate innovative mobile health approaches to child injury prevention.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit launched in 2008 as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention. Since its inception, JH-IIRU has been at the forefront of global injury prevention studies and looks to continue its excellence in research and practice for years to come.

An alum from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Bachani earned his PhD from the School in 2011 and his MHS in 2008.

Experts from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership will lead a two-week training course on road safety from July 22 to August 3, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The course, which will be offered to more than 60 participants from more than 20 countries across the globe, aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. Course instructors, including JH-IIRU researchers, will lead sessions covering behavior change, advocacy, urban design, economics, and more.

“Our upcoming offering here in Baltimore is just the latest in a lifesaving course that’s reached hundreds of students from around the world,” said Professor Adnan Hyder, JH-IIRU director.

JH-IIRU Deputy Director Dr. Abdul Bachani said, “We’re appreciative of the support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and partnership with the Global Road Safety Partnership to continue this program of sessions that address road safety in low- and middle-income countries.”

At the conclusion of the first week of the course, participants will travel to New York to visit Bloomberg Philanthropies, where they’ll hear from Kelly Larson, director of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), and learn more about data-driven solutions for road safety.

Throughout the 10-day course, participants will also work together in small groups to apply lessons learned and prepare for formal presentations during the final day of the program.

For more information on the course, please click here.

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Participants and instructors join together during March's regional offering in Nairobi, Kenya.

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.

On May 14, 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) hosted a panel of trauma and emergency care experts at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as part of its ongoing 10th anniversary year. The event, “Trauma and Emergency Care across the Lifespan,” featured multidisciplinary trauma experts JH-IIRU associate director Amber Mehmood and senior technical advisor Junaid Razzak, as well as Safe Kids Worldwide founder Dr. Martin Eichelberger.

JH-IIRU director Adnan A. Hyder welcomed participants—watching both in-person and via a streaming webcast—to the event before deputy director Abdul M. Bachani introduced each panelist and facilitated discussion at the conclusion of each presentation.

Razzak led off the series of speakers with a presentation on emergency care in Pakistan. In his talk, he outlined the definition of an emergency care system and focused on Karachi, Pakistan—the third-largest city in the world.

Mehmood followed with a talk on trauma care in low-income countries and shared a case study on traumatic brain injury (TBI) across the lifespan in Uganda. She shared new results from a collaborative effort with JH-IIRU and Makerere University: a third of all patients presenting with TBI suffered a drop in the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), a critical indicator, during emergency department stay. This finding, Mehmood remarked, should lead to improved assessment and interventions.

Dr. Eichelberger, in the final presentation of the event, discussed pediatric trauma. From his work at Children’s National Medical Center and Safe Kids Worldwide, Dr. Eichelberger shared childhood injury statistics both domestically and globally.

In 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is celebrating its first decade of innovation and research in global injury prevention and control. To honor the anniversary, JH-IIRU is hosting a number of special events throughout the year. To learn more about the Unit and its 10th anniversary, please click here.

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Dr. Martin Eichelberger presents on pediatric trauma during JH-IIRU’s 10th anniversary event, “Trauma and Emergency Care across the Lifespan,” at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on May 14, 2018.

On January 15-16, 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) organized its second workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam as part of the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program (JHU-Hanoi-TRIP).

The workshop, which was held in collaboration with Hanoi University of Public Health, offered more than a dozen public health graduate students and junior researchers the opportunity to develop research capacity in analyzing injury data in order to address the burden of injuries in Vietnam.

“We’re so pleased to see yet another successful workshop here in Hanoi,” said Qingfeng Li, PhD, project Co-Investigator and assistant scientist with JH-IIRU. “Last June, we organized our first workshop and sought to provide a basic knowledge of injury prevention and data collection. Now, through our second workshop, we’ve gone further with advanced discussions, data analysis, and presentations. Our ultimate aim is to strengthen the center of excellence for research on trauma and injuries for Hanoi.”

Director of the Injury Policy and Prevention Research (CIPPR) of Hanoi University of Public Health Dr. Cuong Pham co-facilitated the two-day workshops with Li. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Master of Public Health student Dr. Hal Inada helped deliver the workshop as part of his MPH practicum experience..

Through post-workshop evaluations, participants highly rated the sessions, noting the lectures and group work as substantially improving their knowledge in injury prevention and enhancing their skills in injury data analysis.

The workshops are the result of a five-year grant on injury training in Vietnam from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health that would build on existing work between the JH-IIRU in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Hanoi School of Public Health. The grant aims to address public health barriers such as the absence of comprehensive injury prevention training programs and relevant national data.

A third workshop is planned to be held later in 2018.

To learn more about the NIH Grant on Injury Training in Vietnam, please click here.

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JH-IIRU Assistant Scientist Qingfeng Li, PhD, poses with workshop participants.

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