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Injury is the Fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading
cause of premature death measured in years of productive life lost.
The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), founded in 1990, is one of 10 injury "Centers of Excellence" funded by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The theme of the Iowa Center is prevention and control of rural injuries. Based on epidemiologic data, rural populations at high risk of injury include children, the elderly, farmers and farm families. The IPRC aims to prevent and control injuries in these high-risk populations.