Research Collaborations and Affiliate Projects

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) collaborates frequently with other affiliate projects and research organizations with complementary capacities, both within The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and nationally. These collaborations enhance CIRP’s ability to translate research into action to advance the field of child injury science.

Current and Ongoing CIRP Collaborations

The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia develops and evaluates empirically-based interventions for children who have experienced traumatic stress due to medical illness or injury, as well as their families. This includes developing manualized "best practice" protocols for preventing and treating traumatic stress and establishing service delivery models to integrate prevention and treatment into healthcare and school-based systems. Current areas of intervention development focus on traumatic stress related to life-threatening illness, acute injury and critical care. 

The Injury Center team is currently working with CPTS on projects looking to improve communication about traumatic stress post-injury between acute and follow-up care settings. Click here to download informational materials for parents and healthcare providers developed by CPTS and the Injury Center.

The Center for Simulation, Advanced Education, and Innovation

The Center for Simulation, Advanced Education, and Innovation at CHOP is developing interventions that will improve the timing, duration, intensity and quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to improve survival and quality of life following life-threatening and critical illness. The Center’s research is focused on developing tools that will enable high-quality collaborative registries and trial networks to accomplish this goal.

Researchers from CIRP are collaborating with the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education, and Innovation team. Through a novel device designed to coach the proper administration of CPR compressions, researchers can measure the amount of chest compression and the applied chest force during CPR. Bridging the gap between clinical medicine and engineering, this force-compression data is then used to develop crash test dummies that deform like humans, thus improving the safety of children in motor vehicle crashes.

National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP)

Along with the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice (CNSJ) at Drexel University and the Firearm and Injury Center at the University of Pennsylvania (FICAP), the Injury Center serves as the Philadelphia headquarters of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP), a partnership of programs around the country that provides intervention services to individuals being treated for violent injuries. The network strives to strengthen existing hospital-based violence intervention programs by providing training in “trauma-informed care.” There are currently 20 active hospital-based violence intervention programs, and the NNHVIP is committed to helping develop new programs in trauma centers experiencing significant rates of violent injury.

Minds Matter: Improving Pediatric Concussion Management

An interdisciplinary team of concussion experts from across CHOP have joined forces to develop a comprehensive network-wide pediatric concussion management program to streamline and standardize concussion diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. The program is coordinated by CIRP staff who partner with medical staff from Sports Medicine, Trauma, Emergency Medicine, Neuropsychology, Rehabilitative Medicine and Primary Care to conduct research, to implement the new model of care at CHOP and to educate community-based partners that support children during their recovery. The collaboration is funded by the Department of Pediatrics Chair’s Initiatives at CHOP.