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Childhood injuries research projects funded with $8.2M


Edmonton, AB – Five injury research teams are being funded through CIHR for a total of $8.2 million over five years. Dr Ian Pike from the University of British Columbia will lead a cross-Canada research team on childhood injury research.

The team will assess the burden of child and youth injury on the long-term costs to the individual, family and society. Novel methods will be used to identify risk factors leading to injuries, including specific child behaviour, and innovative products will be developed to improve communications with youth.

The teams announced today will be led by the following researchers:

• Dr Ian Pike (University of British Columbia) – CIHR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention
• Dr Michael D Cusimano (St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto) – CIHR Team in Traumatic Brain Injury and Violence
• Dr Martine Hébert (Université du Québec à Montréal) – CIHR team on interpersonal traumas
• Dr Avery B Nathens (St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto) – CIHR Team in Trauma System Development in Canada: Overcoming the challenges of geography through an evaluation of structure and process
• Dr Stephen N Robinovitch (Simon Fraser University, B.C.) – CIHR Team in the Prevention of Fall-Related Injuries in Older Adults through Bioengineering

The CIHR Strategic Teams in Applied Injury Research were funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and important partners including the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research.