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Firearm Prevention, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence among Topics to Be Discussed at Injury Prevention Symposium

PITTSBURGH, May 24, 2001 — A group of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins and other institutions is convening to discuss injury prevention research, as well as other issues of concern at the first National Association of Injury Control Research Centers (NAICRC) Symposium on Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25, at the University Club in Oakland.

The symposium is being hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Injury Research and Control (CIRCL) and will cover topics on firearm prevention, child abuse, domestic violence, workplace violence and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

“It is quite an honor for Pittsburgh to host the first national symposium on injury prevention,” said Donald W. Marion, M.D., professor and interim chief of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, director of CIRCL and current president of NAICRC. “This meeting will enable investigators from the nation’s top injury research centers to compare the latest studies on injury prevention so we may begin to formulate solutions to many of these problems,” added Dr. Marion.

The meeting will feature a variety of speakers from throughout the national medical and scientific communities, including Cyril Wecht, M.D., Allegheny County coroner; Mary Ellen Cheung Ph.D., from the National Institutes of Health; Ileana Arrias, Ph.D., from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention; and Lynn Jenkins, M.S., from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

According to Dr. Marion, much of the meeting will focus on violence prevention. “The statistics on violence in the United States are staggering,” said Dr. Marion. According to a 1999 National Crime Victimization Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, 562,870 victims of serious violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault) stated that they faced an offender with a firearm. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence claims that more than 50 percent of women will experience violence from intimate partners, and according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, 826,000 children suffered some sort of abuse in 1999.

CIRCL is an interdisciplinary, comprehensive program involving six schools and 18 departments of the University of Pittsburgh. The center conducts injury control research, disseminates information on injuries, provides training for health care professionals and informs the public and community leaders on injury control measures. CIRCL is one of 10 centers in the United States to receive official designation of injury control research centers by the CDC.

For more information about CIRCL, please access http://www.circl.pitt.edu.

For more information about NAICRC, please access http://www.naicrc.org.

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