The Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (formerly known as the Emory Center for Injury Control) is a collaborative, multi-institutional center that resides at the intersection of the Marcus Trauma Center, Grady Health System, and Emory Emergency Medicine. IPRCE, which is part of a national injury prevention research effort, and the only center of its kind in Georgia, is now poised to mitigate, and where possible eliminate, the staggering impact of injury in our community.

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In Georgia, over 40,000 people (one every 15 minutes) are injured severely enough to be hospitalized annually. Over 689,000 people sought treatment for their injuries in an emergency department. More than 1,200 people died from motor vehicle crashes, and over 1,000 people died from a drug overdose, which has tripled since 1999. In 2013, Georgia also had a higher incidence of violence than the national average with 630 violent deaths and over 2,000 hospitalizations and falls accounted for over 45,000 emergency room visits for adults. Traumatic brain injury is a silent epidemic that is often unseen and unrecognized, yet 50,000 Georgians suffer this type of injury each year.

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The effect of injury on our local community is alarming, costing lives, wellbeing, and billions of dollars. The Center is now using a data-driven approach to address the most significant injury concerns in Atlanta and across Georgia. Using this framework, IPRCE is mobilizing its resources to address five areas.

  1. Transportation Safety
  2. Drug Safety
  3. Violence
  4. Falls
  5. TBI & Concussion
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The Center has formed "tasks forces" for each target area that will translate research into action – preventing disabling injury and saving lives in Georgia. The Center is harnessing the power of the Marcus trauma center, Grady Health System, Georgia Department of Health, Emory University, regional academic institutions, statewide organizations, industry partners, philanthropists, and community stakeholders to make our community a better, safer place to live.