WVU Injury Control Research Center receives $4.4 million grant

The West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) received a $4.4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, placing it in an elite category as one of only 13 CDC Centers of Excellence.

“Every year in West Virginia, nearly 1,200 people die from injuries, another 17,250 are hospitalized, and as many as 225,000 are treated in hospital emergency departments,” said ICRC Director Jim Helmkamp, Ph.D.

“Injury is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and in West Virginia,” Helmkamp said.  “It’s also the leading cause of death among people under age 45.”

The 5-year grant, lasting until July 2012, provides funding for injury research with initial emphasis on domestic and interpersonal violence, child mistreatment, and injuries among the elderly.

“West Virginia has one of the oldest populations in the country,” Helmkamp said.  “Each year, we see cases of disability resulting from accidental falls.”  According to Helmkamp, the ICRC will work closely with the WVU Center on Aging to identify and develop preventative strategies to reduce injuries in the elderly.

“This grant means that we can continue to address and identify injury-related problems in West Virginia.  We can’t begin to develop viable injury preventative strategies until we first understand and research the causes,” he said. 

Additional faculty affiliated with the ICRC includes Rob Bossarte, Ph.D.; Mary Carter, Ph.D.; Jeff Coben, M.D.; Dina Jones, Ph.D.; George Kelley, Ph.D.; Priscah Mujuru, Ph.D.; Ian Rockett, Ph.D.; and Mike Smith, Ph.D.

For more information on the WVU Injury Control Research Center, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/icrc/index.html or call (304) 293-6682.

 Jim Helmkamp, Ph.D.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 08-13-07

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