Emory wins CDC grants for injury prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designated the Emory Center as one of its newest Injury Control Research Centers. The designation means the Emory center will receive $4.87 million in CDC grants over the next five years to continue its work in injury prevention.

Dr. Debra Houry, director of the Emory Center for Injury Control, said the grants will fund several projects.

One is a study with Atlanta Public Schools examining the primary prevention of school-based bullying, victimization and its negative effects, she said.

Another looks at the prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder in acutely injured trauma patients.

Dr. Arthur Kellermann, founder and former director of the Emory injury center, says he hopes the money will help prevent injuries in the state, ultimately helping Grady Memorial Hospital's overburdened trauma center.

"The purpose of the center is to use the power of prevention research and science to prevent as many injuries as possible and reduce the severity of those that occur," he said.

The center was founded by Kellermann in 1993, where he served as the director until 2006. In 2006, Houry took over as director of the center. She was instrumental in preparing the proposal for the CDC grant, Kellermann said.

Emory was one of 11 injury centers selected to receive money from the CDC this year, according to Dr. Rick Waxweiler, who oversees CDC's Injury Research Center Program.

"They were one of many applicants in a competitive process," Waxweiler said. "They were judged on the quality of the science and the organization of outreach in the community."

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