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Sep. 10,  2010

Center for Injury Control Research Studies Focus on Surveillance, Prevention, Treatment

Numerous Emory studies included in special issue of 'Western Journal of Emergency Medicine'

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A special edition of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine includes numerous research articles authored or co-authored by Emory University School of Medicine faculty through its Center for Injury Control.

Debra Houry, MD, MPH, associate professor of emergency medicine and director of the Center, served as guest associate editor for the publication.

“This edition presented a wonderful opportunity to highlight many of the research endeavors being pursued by our physicians and public health professionals at Emory University, as well as by our collaborators in the region,” says Houry.

The CDC-funded Emory Center for Injury Control is jointly supported by the Emory School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health. This "center without walls" studies and treats a variety of injuries, issues and preventive measures impacting Georgia citizens and beyond.

The center's core and affiliate faculty, who span many different universities and areas of expertise, are widely recognized for their work on a variety of topics, ranging from prevention of intimate partner violence, child abuse and youth violence, to the reduction of motor vehicle injuries by reducing impaired driving and promoting use of protective helmets and safety belts. The center’s faculty also are actively engaged in international efforts to promote cost-effective injury surveillance systems and sustainable pre-hospital trauma care systems worldwide.

For more information about any of the articles or studies listed below, please view the journal online (PDF). To arrange for interviews with lead authors, please contact Lance M. Skelly at

The Emory Center for Injury Control: Vision and Priorities for Reducing Violence and Injuries through Interdisciplinary Collaborations
Preview: Injury is the leading cause of death in the United States for persons between the ages of 1 and 44. An estimated 41.4 million patients are seen annually in the emergency department with injury-related visits, accounting for over one-third of ED visits. Emergency physicians are on the frontlines of this epidemic, treating patients with preventable injuries as well as those with the sequelae of violence.

The Role of the Injury Prevention Research Centers in Promoting the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Research Agenda
Preview: Unintentional and violence-related injuries represent one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States and have a profound impact on the physical, emotional and economic lives of our society.

The Base of the Pyramid
Preview: Over the past few decades, the field of injury control has devised a range of techniques to prevent countless injuries and reduce the severity of those that occur, including a wide range of educational techniques to promote safe behavior. Compliance with simple and non-intrusive actions (such as buckling a safety belt or wearing a motorcycle helmet) also can be boosted through high-visibility enforcement. And injuries can be prevented and reduced by engineering safety into consumer products, motor vehicles and many built environments.

Research Articles:

  • Predictors of Engagement in a Parenting Intervention Designed to Prevent Child Maltreatment
  • Reporting of Intimate Partner Violence among Men Who Have Sex with Men in an Online Survey
  • Intimate Partner Violence, Physical Health, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Quality of Life in Latinas
  • Correlation Between Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Risk of Substance Abuse and Depression among African- American Women in an Urban Emergency Department
  • Children at Risk for Suicide Attempt and Attempt-related Injuries: Findings from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  • Nonreciprocal and Reciprocal Dating Violence and Injury Occurrence among Urban Youth
  • High School Students’ Perceptions of Motivations for Cyberbullying: An Exploratory Study
  • Feasibility of Identifying Eligible Trauma Patients for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Intervention
  • Drive Alive: Teen Seat Belt Survey Program
  • Alcohol Outlets and Violent Crime in Washington D.C.
  • Review of Multi-Person Exposure Calls to a Regional Poison Control Center
  • The Impact of Built Environment on Pedestrian Crashes and the Identification of Crash Clusters on an Urban University Campus


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