Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Traffic Injury Prevention

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The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute was founded in 1997 by Flaura K. Winston, MD, PhD, a biomechanical engineer and primary care pediatrician at CHOP, and Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE, a pediatric emergency physician and epidemiologist at CHOP. 

After identifying the deployment of front passenger air bags as a cause of fatal injury for children, even in minor crashes, they were surprised to learn that there was no nationally representative source of data sufficient in both size and child-focused data collection to describe children’s exposure to motor vehicle crashes, as well as the prevalence and types of injury they sustained. These data are necessary for policymakers and industry to make informed decisions on traffic injury prevention and how to improve child passenger safety. Working with State Farm, Drs. Winston and Durbin created Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), which became the largest child-focused motor vehicle crash surveillance system in the world, and its findings are recognized both nationally and internationally.

Key traffic injury prevention research is currently being conducted at CIRP in Child Passenger Safety and Teen Driver Safety. With its multidisciplinary team of researchers that uses an approach incorporating Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Engineering, and Behavioral Science, the Center is dedicated to preventing crashes from the car seat to the driver’s seat.

Learn more about the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP).