CChIPS 2010-2011 Research Portfolio

Head Injury Contact Points for Children Seated on the Rear Rows in Frontal Crashes

Principal Investigator: Kristy Arbogast, PhD, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The objective of this study is to delineate head/face injury causation scenarios for rear-seated, restrained children in frontal crashes and create a contact map of the vehicle interior.

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Injury Risk to Belted Occupants (Multiple Year Project)

Principal Investigator: Kristy Arbogast, PhD, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The objective of this study is to explore injuries and their causation experienced by seat belt restrained occupants - both adults and children - in the rear seat in order to understand if pre-teens and adolescents are at an elevated risk.


Development of Premature Infant Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD)

Principal Investigator: Sriram Balasubramanian, PhD, Drexel University and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The goal of the proposed study is to develop a physical model of a premature infant based on geometric data obtained from whole body CT scans. The geometric data will also be used to develop a computational surface model of a premature infant.

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Characterization of the Pediatric Shoulder’s Resistance to Various Loading Conditions

Principal Investigator: John H Bolte IV, PhD, Ohio State University

The specific aim of this study is to define the dynamic response of the pediatric shoulder by non-invasively analyzing its resistance to lateral impact loading conditions.

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Effect of Distraction on Teen Driving Performance in an Emotionally Realistic Driving Simulator

Principal Investigator: Yi-Ching Lee, PhD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The objectives of this research are to: (1) create in-vehicle stressful tasks to distract teen drivers while measuring teens' abilities to handle environmental stressful events, and (2) measure teens' beliefs and behaviors about in-vehicle distractions by measuring their risk-taking and decision-making characteristics.

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Comparing FMVSS 213 Sled Test to the Full-scale Vehicle Crash Environment (Multiple Year Project)

Principle Investigator: Matthew Maltese, MS, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

The objective of this study is to compare the FMVSS 213 test conditions with full-scale vehicle crash test, from the perspective of crash pulse and dynamic vehicle/test bench performance.

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Examining Cognitive Variables and Decision-making Strategies Related to Adolescent Driver Performance

Principal Investigator: Jessica H. Mirman, PhD, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The objective of this study is to understand the interplay between risk perceptions and risky driving behaviors within a peer context and to inform the development of a training program for novice adolescent drivers to prevent risky driving behaviors.

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Neurocognitive Evaluation of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Pediatric Emergency Department Population (Multiple Year Project)

Principal Investigator: Michael L. Nance, MD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

This study applies neurocognitive testing to an emergency department cohort of pediatric patients with mild traumatic brain injury.

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Effects of Sleep Restriction on Adolescents’ Pedestrian Safety

Principal Investigator: David Schwebel, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

This study investigates whether sleep restriction reduces adolescents’ pedestrian safety.


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This Center is made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) which unites CHOP, University of Pennsylvania, and The Ohio State University researchers with R&D leaders in the automotive and insurance industries to translate research findings into tangible innovations in safety technology and public education programs.

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