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JH-IIRU Holds RS10 Collaborators Meeting in Baltimore

Last week, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit hosted a meeting that brought together collaborators from the Road Safety in 10 Countries (RS10) project for an intensive, three-day conference in Baltimore.

Three years into the project, lead collaborators involved with the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) components of the project assembled to focus on the most up-to-date technical aspects of data collection and analysis in each of the participating countries. Sessions also included opportunities for open discussion, presentations on current RS10 work and networking. This conference was a follow-up to an initial M&E special meeting held in October, 2011, also hosted by JH-IIRU and held in Baltimore.

The Monitoring and Evaluation of Road Safety in 10 Countries, Mid-Project Review meeting took place at the Mt. Washington Conference Center from April 9-11, 2013. 

Group RS10
JH-IIRU faculty, staff and students meet with RS10 collaborators from participating countries. 

Cambodia collaborator, Chariya Ear

Brazil collabs
L to R: RS10 collaborators from Brazil, Drs Flavio Pechansky and Tanara Sousa

Turkey and IIRU
L to R: Turkey collaborator Turker Ozkan and JH-IIRU Research Assistants, Connie Hoe and Kate Allen

All photos courtesy of Mr. Chariya Ear

Road Safety in 10 Countries Collaborator Visits the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit

On Friday, January 18, 2013, Dr. Flavio Pechansky, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio Grand do Sul and Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research in Brazil, visited the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU).

Dr. Pechansky is one of JH-IIRU’s lead collaborators on the Road Safety in 10 Countries project (RS-10) in  Brazil, and has, in that capacity, contributed to several scientific papers, including, “Why Don’t Northern American Solutions to Drinking and Driving Work in Southern America?” which appeared in Addiction, and “Road Traffic Deaths in Brazil: Rising Trends in Pedestrian and Motorcycle Occupant Deaths,” which appeared in the special issue of Traffic Injury Prevention in 2012. 

His connections to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health extend beyond his collaborations with JH-IIRU.  From 1993 to 1994, Dr. Pechansky was a Humphrey Fellow at the Bloomberg School, focusing on substance abuse policy, treatment and research.  In 2003, he established the Porto Alegre Center for Drug Abuse Studies in order to train young investigators in drug abuse and addiction research.

Dr Pechansky
Dr. Flavio Pechansky

New Data on Distracted Driving in Mexico

Recently, members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), including associate director, Aruna Chandran and research program coordinator, Jeffrey C. Lunnen,  contributed to “Distracted Driving: Mobile Phone use while Driving in Three Mexican Cities,” a paper published in Injury Prevention.

The study, possibly the first reporting the prevalence of mobile phone use while driving (MPUWD), was conducted as part of the Road Safety in 10 Countries (RS-10) project by JH-IIRU colleagues from Centro de Investigación en Sistemas de Salud del, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, and Fundación Entornos, A.C and examinesd the prevalence of mobile phone talking and texting among drivers in three cities, Guadalajara-Zapopan, León and Cuernavaca. This publication represents the kind of collaborative effort that is a hallmark of the RS-10 project.

Currently, both Guadalajara-Zapopan and León have legislation prohibiting mobile phone use while driving (MPUWD), but it’s unclear how strict enforcement is.

To read the entire paper, click here:

Adnan Hyder, Director of Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, Receives Promotion to Professor

Please join the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) as we congratulate our director, Adnan A. Hyder, on his promotion to full professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Hyder has been a leader in injury research for more than 20 years. He is well-known for his work on burden of disease and injury measures, for developing the healthy life year indicator, and building on the health systems approach to injury prevention and control in developing countries.

In 2010, under Hyder’s leadership, JH-IIRU joined the Bloomberg Global Road Safety Program, a $125 million effort to reverse global deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes.  Dubbed the
Road Safety in 10 Countries Project (RS-10), JH-IIRU is responsible for the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the road safety interventions in all 10 countries, as well as the development of training materials for health care workers. That same year, Hyder and the IIRU team received the status of World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention designation. JH-IIRU is only the third collaborating center in the United States to focus on injury prevention, and joins a network of more than 800 WHO Collaborating Centers in more than 80 countries. Recently, the JH-IIRU published a special issue of Traffic Injury Prevention which highlights new and aggregate data collected and analyzed in the 10 participating countries during the first two years of the RS-10 project.

Dr. Hyder is the current Chairman of the global Road Traffic Injuries Research Network ( and a member of the International Organizing Committee of the World Conferences on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion. He was the former President of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, Research Ambassador for the Paul Roger’s Society for Global Health, and recipient of both the IRTE/Prince Michael Award for Road Safety and the American Public Health Association-International Health Section Career Awards. Dr. Hyder received his MD from Aga Khan University, Pakistan and obtained his MPH and PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In addition to leading the JH-IIRU, Dr. Hyder is the Deputy Director of the Health Systems Program and an Associate Director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

IIRU Launches Special Issue with Seminar

On April 18th, as part of the effort to draw attention to the growing burden of road traffic injuries, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) launched “Public Health Burden of Road Traffic Injuries: An Assessment from Ten Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” a special issue of Traffic Injury Prevention. A noontime seminar at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, which featured panelists from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), two of the Road Safety in 10 Countries project consortium partners, marked the occasion.
Guest panelists Margie Peden from WHO and Gayle DiPietro from GRSP joined JH-IIRU Director Adnan Hyder and Senior Technical Advisor, David Bishai to announce the special issue, which highlights the work the RS-10 Project is doing.  This landmark publication includes 11 scientific papers jointly authored with 50 colleagues from JH-IIRU and their in-country collaborators that contribute much-needed new knowledge to the burgeoning issue of road traffic injuries in low- and middle- income countries.

L-R: Gayle DiPietro, Adnan Hyder, Margie Peden and David Bishai

Gayle DiPietro

Margie Peden

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