Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Mission: Child Injury Prevention Through Research, Action, Impact

The different points of view that make up our Center (Behavioral Science, Engineering, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics) form the foundation of a methodology in which research into the pre-event, event and post-event causes of injury and trauma can lead to action and ultimately make an impact on our nation's youth. The Center's findings on child injury prevention are not only published in medical journals, but also are translated into recommendations for parents, educators, policymakers and product manufacturers by the Center's Outreach and Advocacy professionals. The end goal remains the same: prevention of child injury and its sequalae.


The Research-to-Action-to-Impact Paradigm

The Center's research follows a cycle that encourages action and innovation beyond the publication of research findings. We seek innovative solutions to child injury prevention by identifying injury mechanisms through evidence-based interventions in the form of improved product design, educational tools, as well as improved legislative and regulatory policy. The Center’s goal is to achieve measurable impact in the form of child injuries prevented and lives saved.

CIRP Directors Perspective on Mission

Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD, Scientific Director and Founder

On technology innovation:  “As we move into a new world where technology becomes increasingly important, we need boundary-spanners: people who can make sense of the technology and optimize it for society. We also need to understand the “edge conditions” beyond which a given technology does not perform as intended. Technology designed for adults might not work well for children, for example. Engineers need us to provide the scientific foundation on which they can design technology with children in mind.”  Adapted from Bench to Bedside, CHOP Research Institute, November 2017

Kristy Arbogast, PhD, Co-Scientific Director and Director of Engineering

On sports concussion technology research: “This body of work will be really fundamental in understanding, at a very detailed mechanical level, the scenarios in which injuries are happening. And that, I think, will allow us to stimulate innovation in the right way, because you don’t just want to say to these innovators, ‘Oh go out and build a new helmet.’ With the Engineering Roadmap research plan, we’re going to have the data to really direct the development of these innovations in a way that’s evidence-based and real.” Adapted from Bench to Bedside, CHOP Research Institute, May 2017.