Injury/Violence Prevention: A December 8 Retreat

Dear Colleagues:

All faculty, staff, fellows, students and others working on injury and violence prevention research, policy, or programs are invited to a one-day retreat sponsored by the Penn School of Medicine December 8, at the Sugarloaf Conference Center.

The goal of the retreat is to facilitate in-teractions among members of the Penn/CHOP community working on injury and violence issues. The long-term objective is to create at Penn a center for excellence in the field of injury and violence control. Central to achieving this objective are: 1) recruiting and training new investigators in injury control and 2) conducting translational research leading to interventions that will reduce the local and national toll of injury and violence. This research will involve interactions among many disciplines, from basic science to law, to epidemiology.

The retreat will be an important step towards developing this center at Penn. In addition to listening to inspiring world-renowned speakers and learning about each other's work through a poster session, this retreat is an opportunity for engineers to talk to epidemiologists, clinicians to lawyers, etc. It is our hope that there will be broad University representation and that it will enable us to begin to formulate the bonds that will become the structure of the center.

The retreat will feature presentations from three Penn/CHOP researchers:

  • Flaura Koplin Winston, director of TraumaLink, member and chair of Research Subcommittee, Committee of Injury Control and Prevention at the Institute of Medicine (IOM). She will present on the IOM's new report on injury in America.
  • Tracy K. McIntosh, professor of neurosurgery, bioengineering, and pharmacology and director of the PennMed Head Injury Center; and James Eberwine, professor of pharmacology and psychiatry. Drs. McIntosh and Eberwine will present on "Molecular Approaches to Study of Mechanisms of Injury."

Also presenting are two internationally respected injury researchers from outside of the Penn community:

  • Fred Rivara, director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and the George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington.
  • Art Kellermann, director of the Center for Injury Control, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and acting chief of emergency medicine, at the Emory University School of Medicine.

We hope that you will be able to join us on the 8th for what is sure to be an exciting opportunity to enhance injury and violence research on campus. For additional information or to register for the retreat please contact Jennie Minnick, TraumaLink information specialist, at 215-590-3118 or by e-mail at


--Allan Pack, Professor of Medicine

--Flaura Koplin Winston, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 12, November 17, 1998