Since the beginning UI IPRC has integrated multiple disciplines, bringing together academic, practice, and policy communities to address the grand public health challenge of reducing the burden of traumatic injuries and violence. As a rural institution, the UI IPRC has prioritized injury prevention in rural populations, but has active programs locally, nationally, and internationally that address rural to urban populations.
The injury field has always embraced the need for primary prevention, and that leads to interdisciplinary efforts since we understand that a problem can be rarely be solved with just one approach.” – UI IPRC Director Corinne Peek-Asa
By attracting new faculty, collaborators and community partners, the UI IPRC created a critical mass of partners who helped broaden research activities to a wide range of injury types and their consequences. With the help of these partners, the UI IPRC has produced scientific evidence that has been translated into policies, strategies and services.
The UI IPRC research team has grown to include 66 researchers in 23 departments in the Colleges of Public health, Medicine, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy. The center has been especially successful in encouraging collaborations between public health researchers, engineers, and behavioral scientists.
For example: Collaborations with engineers involved in simulation research have brought together public health researchers, neurologists, computer scientists, psychologists, and human factors engineers to improve safe driving.
Such collaborations have fostered the careers of UI IPRC investigators and helped them mentor new injury control researchers. The UI IPRC is committed to encouraging and supporting investigators interested injury control research.
The UI IPRC is organized into six Center Expert Research Teams of IPRC faculty collaborators who are responsible for fostering injury prevention research and activities in a particular area. The six focus areas are: