State-of-the-Art Science: An Update on Child and Adolescent Injury Research and Prevention

Principal Investigator: Yoganand Ghati, MS, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Below is an executive summary of this project. Please note that this summary describes results and interpretation that may not be final. Final interpretation of results will be in the peer-reviewed literature.

State-of-the-art information on child and adolescent injury prevention is a vital resource for furthering the science and development of effective safety technologies. This knowledge is important not only to successfully complete research projects, but also to help researchers, manufacturers, and policymakers make sound decisions about the direction of future projects and initiatives. Unfortunately, this information is not readily available in one place. Articles on child and adolescent injury prevention are published annually in scientific journals, scientific books, proceedings from conferences, magazines, newspapers, and on websites of research institutions and outreach groups. This myriad of sources makes it difficult for those with a stake in child injury prevention to stay up-to-date on current research, outreach, and legislature activities.

To bridge this gap, a key benefit of CChIPS membership is access to our state-of-the-art science library. Summarized monthly with updates on developments in the field of pediatric injury prevention, this handy resource organizes the latest research papers by topic, which include: biomechanical research; anthropomorphic test dummies and computational models; sports and recreation injuries; teen driving; and child safety seats. Links are provided to article abstracts, and the full paper is retrieved upon request.

The library also includes information gleaned from ongoing review of The Federal Register for government rules and proposed rules applicable to injury prevention, as well as a list of upcoming conferences with content relevant to biomechanics, injury prevention, and vehicle safety.

This summary of research, outreach, and government efforts offers a glimpse of the current state of child and adolescent injury prevention and serves as an excellent starting point for CChIPS scientists and members wishing to stay up-to-date in their field of interest. The state-of-the-art science library is a helpful resource to improve research efforts and to develop unique, novel, and/or effective products and interventions in child and adolescent safety.

IAB Mentor

Louis Brown, Volkswagen Group of America Inc.