Translating Injury Prevention Research Into Action

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention pursues innovative solutions to prevent injury in children, youth, and young adults through rigorous research and collaboration to improve product design, policy, and education.


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 science; clinical care; biomedical engineering; epidemiology; 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 prevention and safety 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; digital health; epidemiology; and human factors. We also utilize outreach and dissemination to translate the research across these disciplines into real-world applications. Click here to learn about our research methods.

Edge Conditions Research

CIRP researchers also want to understand edge conditions of new and emerging technologies intended to improve our safety and well-being. What is that edge 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 for accident prevention and safety with children and other vulnerable populations in mind.