Each year, the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS) funds a portfolio of child safety-focused research projects. During the 2016-2017 CChIPS project year, the IAB funded 13 completed projects, spanning areas of focus including child restraint design and performance, consumer/driver behavior, crash avoidance and autonomous vehicles, vehicle restraint performance, and crash test dummy biofidelity.
Following the completion of the research, live conversations were held with CChIPS principal investigators (PIs) based at CHOP and our partner research site at The Ohio State University to better understand each project’s aims, motivations, industry relevance, and findings—both anticipated and surprising. Snapshots of these projects—as well as a CChIPS approach to Return on Investment (ROI), supplemental research projects, and how CChIPS is training future industry scientists—are now available in the newly released 2017 CChIPS Annual Report.
It was an enlightening experience to interview the PIs and get their first-hand take on their projects; through these conversations, it became evident how passionate these scientists are about this work and how much they value the input and expertise of their industry mentors on the IAB. This synergy is what makes CChIPS such a unique consortium.
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