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News Archive, 2012

  • April 22-25 Injury Prevention Research, Practice & Policy News now available here.
  • Fall 2012 issue of The Safety Net newsletter now available here.
  • Suicide replaced motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of injury mortality in the U.S. in 2009, according to a recently published study led by Ian Rockett, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology in the WVU School of Public Health, and affiliate faculty member of the WVU Injury Control Research Center. Read the HSC press release here.


  • ICRC partner, the West Virginia Violence and Injury Prevention Program (WV VIPP), has announced the Join Forces: Enhance Prevention Conference that will be held November 8-9, 2012 at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston, WV. The Conference is intended to launch a new state-wide approach to the prevention of injuries in the state.  Click on the Conference Logo below to register or to view additional information.
  • WVU ICRC is awarded $4.1 million for 2012-2017 to continue as 1 of 11 ICRCs in the U.S.: The WVU Injury Control Research Center joins other centers currently funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including those at Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of North Carolina and Washington University in St. Louis. The ICRC program was devoped to create centers to conduct high quality research; help translate scientific discoveries into practice for the prevention and control of fatal and nonfatal injuries, violence, and related disabilities; and serve as training centers as well as information centers for the public. Click here to see details in the WVU HSC press announcement.
  • WVU ICRC meets with West Virginia Violence and Injury Prevention Program Leaders (see photo above): Jeff Coben, MD, ICRC Director, and Herb Linn, ICRC Assistant Director for Outreach, traveled recently to Charleston, WV to meet with leaders in the West Virginia Violence and Injury Prevention Program (WV VIPP), which is part of the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau of Public Health, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health (OMCFH) (http://www.wvdhhr.org/mcfh/).  The purpose of the meeting between these partner organizations was to discuss opportunities for expanded collaboration in injury surveillance and prevention, evaluation, technical assistance, capacity building, staff education, and student internships.
  • Study co-authored by ICRC affiliates Marie Abate, BS, PharmD, and Michael Smith, PhD, finds that "doctor shopping" and "pharmacy shopping" are associated with prescription drug overdose deaths in West Virginia (see below). Lead author on the study was Dr. Gretchen L. Peirce, PharmD, MS, at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Tulsa, OK.  Another co-author, Joel Halverson, PhD, is currently with the WVU School of Pharmacy.
  • Dr. Taura Barr, Ph.D., R.N., invited to serve as a member of the national American Heart Association's Stroke Nursing Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing (see below)
  • WVU-Health Sciences Center News Release: Study shows abuse of painkillers may be linked to depression, suicide in college students
  • Joint News Release from WVU-Health Sciences Center and NIOSH: New Study Examines the Role of Intimate Partner Violence in Workplace Homicides Among U.S. Women.
  • Dr. Marcella H. Sorg, University of Maine, presented "Pharmaceutical Drug Abuse and Mortality Trends in Rural Populations” at the CMED Public Health Grand Rounds on Wednesday May 2, 2012.  To view the recorded Webcast, Click Here.
  • WVU-Health Sciences Center News Release: Research team calls for better safety standards for working youth.
  • Dr. Jeff Coben testified at a U.S. Senate Subcommittee hearing on prescription drug abuse.
  • Dr. Danielle Davidov selected for federally-funded Early Career Scholar Interdisciplinary Training Program (see below)
  • Karole Queen, Outreach Program Assistant, is newest ICRC staff member
  • Winter 2012 issue of The Safety Net (ICRC Newsletter) now available here
  • The recorded Webcast by Dr. James Collins of NIOSH--"Intervention Evaluation Research to Address the Leading Causes of Workers' Compensation among Health Care Workers"-- is available for viewing here.