Peer-reviewed publications and external funding support are two critical measures of research productivity. The IPRC is exceptionally productive in both areas. Over the history of the IPRC, we have built up the infrastructure that sustains research teams in injury and violence, and publications have steadily increased over time as a result. We are now at the point where the IPRC faculty publish nearly 100 injury and violence papers per year.
However, the influence of our publications on the field is even more impressive. In the most recent 5-year period, we averaged one publication per year in JAMA/BMJ/New England Journal of Medicine. Our top-ten most cited papers were referenced by other authors an average of 68 times each.
The breadth and quality of IPRC’s research is also demonstrated by the diversity of our funded research projects. During the period 2009-2013, IPRC generated $18.2 million in research expenditures from 42 different projects. This represents an excellent return for the NCIPC on its $4.5 million “invested” in the IPRC via ICRC funding. In other words, we conducted $4 of research for every $1 invested by NCIPC. Our teamwork approach is evident in the diversity of areas in which we conduct research. A total of 25 different PIs led 42 different externally-funded projects in 8 different substantive areas during period 2009-2013.
A full list of recent projects by topic area may be found on the topic area pages.
IPRC’s research and outreach activities are focused on six key program areas, which are kept in close alignment with current CDC NCIVP focus areas. These include the prevention of: Prescription Painkiller Overdose, Violence Against Women and Children, Traumatic Brain Injury, Motor Vehicle Related Injuries, Falls and Older Adults, and Intimate Partner Violence. UNC IPRC investigators are also active in sports and recreational injury, and occupational injury, and other injury topics.
UNC IPRC has been highly productive in both research and practice activities in all six areas. Our portfolio of prescription painkiller overdose prevention focused-projects is substantial.
UNC IPRC includes North Carolina Academic Center of Excellence (NC-ACE), the nation’s first rural academic center in youth violence prevention funded by the CDC.
From Science to Practice, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, assured that findings from the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) reached both practitioners and policy makers.
Center investigators have made substantial contributions to the linkage between head trauma and dementia in professional athletes and were instrumental in the passage of the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act in 2011.
Our work contributed significantly to the evidence on the protectiveness of Graduated Driver Licensing System laws to young drivers.
Noviolencia transalates the highly successful Safedates intervention into the Latino community.
For a list of recent IPRC publications, please see UNC IPRC Publications 2012-2013. For a list of current and recent projects, please visit our emphasis area pages.