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The current CIREN model utilizes two types of centers, medical and engineering. Medical centers are based at level one trauma centers that admit large numbers of people injured in motor vehicle crashes. These teams are led by experienced trauma surgeons and emergency physicians. The teams will also include a trained crash investigator and project coordinator. Engineering centers are based at academic engineering laboratories that have extensive experience in motor vehicle crash and human injury research. Engineering teams partner with trauma centers or emergency rooms to enroll crash victims into the CIREN program. Engineering teams are led by highly experienced mechanical engineers, typically trained in the area of biomechanics. Engineering teams also include trauma/emergency physicians, a crash investigator and a project coordinator. Either type of team typically includes additional physicians and/or engineers, epidemiologists, nurses and other researchers.

Current CIREN Teams (2010-2015)

Medical Teams




Engineering Teams





Prior Teams

  • University of Michigan (1997-2010)
  • County of San Diego (1997-2010)
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (2005-2010)
  • University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital (1997-2005)
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (1997-2005)
  • Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC (1997-2005)

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