Crash Injury Research & Engineering Network (CIREN)
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 4 and 34. The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) participates as one of six Level 1 Trauma Centers that work with the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN), sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Level 1 Trauma Centers are traditionally “teaching” institutions associated with a university. Researchers at each CIREN site share data and expertise to lead to a better understanding of crash-injury mechanisms and the design of safer vehicles.
CIREN is a multi-center research program involving a collaboration of clinicians and engineers in academia, industry, and government. Together, they pursue in-depth studies of crashes, injuries, and treatments to improve processes and outcomes. CIREN’s mission is to improve the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of motor vehicle crash injuries to reduce deaths, disabilities, and human and economic costs.
To learn more, visit the national CIREN site.