Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Accident Prevention and Safety: Translating Research Into Action

Lacey's Law signing December 2011

Improving Teen Driver Safety in PA
The Center's Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD and
Suzanne Hill with Governor Corbett, state legislators
and advocates at the signing of Lacey's Law

We are dedicated to advancing the safety and health of children, adolescents, and young adults through comprehensive accident prevention and safety research resulting in practical tools to reduce injury and promote recovery.

To advance the science and create tangible impact, the Center for Injury Research and Prevention:

  • Addresses children’s injuries comprehensively – from before-the-injury prevention to after-the-injury healing
  • Translates rigorous scientific research to usable, age-appropriate tools and practical steps for families, professionals, and policymakers
  • Asks and answers important questions from an interdisciplinary perspective, with expertise in Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Care, Engineering, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Human Factors, Public Health and Communications
  • Engages with a broad range of organizations from universities and government entities to nonprofit groups, foundations and corporations, to ensure that research results extend to the real world.

To turn "research into action" we determine priorities for pediatric injury research, the key collaborations and networks to apply that research, and provide education, training and professional development across several injury science disciplines: Behavioral Science, Biomechanical Engineering, Computational Engineering, Epidemiology, Human Factors, and Digital Health and Communications. We also utilize Outreach and Dissemination to translate the research across these disciplines into real-world applications. Click here for more information on these core areas.

Edge Conditions Research

CIRP researchers also want to understand ‘edge conditions’ of new and emerging technologies intended to improve our safety and wellbeing beyond which a given technology does not perform as intended. Technology designed for adults might not work well for children, for example. We want to help provide the scientific foundation on which innovators can design technology with children and other vulnerable populations in mind. Read more in Bench to Bedside article.