Policy-making

Policy-making

The third focus of the center is policy-making. Our ongoing federally-funded research projects provide us with direct access to the databases of several large national multi-center studies. This data access, coupled with the internationally-recognized expertise of its researchers, allows the center to drive policy-making at multiple levels.

Our past research into hip injury patterns in motor vehicle crashes has already led to new federal rulemaking and testing requirements.

Similarly, our research and expertise guided the recent revision of field triage criteria that are used world-wide. And the center's influence in policy-making is enhanced by its cross-disciplinary educational capabilities, which support the quick dissemination and institutionalization of new policies.

We are already working with the Centers for Disease Control, international telematics providers, and automobile manufacturers to develop injury prediction algorithms based on vehicle telemetry that will drive trauma triage and transport protocols in the future. Our center has the advantage of strong working relationships with the automotive industry and an understanding of their perspective on safety issues. It is advantageous for industry to work proactively with our faculty to be part of new safety policy formulation rather than be merely reacting to new advancements and policies put forth by other parties.