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Awarded Research Grant to Prevent Unintentional Injuries

Oklahoma University Developmental Center for Injury Prevention Research

FOA Number: CE05-099E: Univ. of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Developmental Injury Prevention Research Center/Earmark
Project Period: 8/1/05-7/31/06
Application/Grant Number: 1-R49-CE000788-01
Principal Investigator: Gary Raskob, PhD
College of Public Health
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
801 NE 13th St., Room 139
Oklahoma City, OK 73104


Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in the U.S. Oklahoma has a high incidence of motor vehicle injuries and death, and saw an 11 percent increase in motor vehicle fatalities in 2004. This proposal will update the systematic reviews of evidence for strategies to prevent death and injury from motor vehicle accidents, especially among adolescent (ages 16-19) and young adult (ages 20-25) drivers. It will also identify priorities for further research.

This project will establish a developmental center for injury prevention research to conduct initial research and gather preliminary data. Project aims also include providing an updated systematic review of evidence for strategies to prevent injury and death from motor accidents; a scientific review of the evidence for the high risk group of adolescent and young adult drivers, and an updated systematic review of the role of alcohol use in motor vehicle accidents among this group; and white papers outlining priorities for future and potential areas of research. Findings will be presented at the end of the project period.