Archive for January, 2015

Trauma Research Lacks NIH Investment

Friday, January 30th, 2015

“The diseases that affect the most Americans don’t always attract more research funding from the government,” declares a January 15, 2015 article on Vox. Indeed, the chart provided by Dot Data Blog illustrating the difference between the percent of total NIH funding and the percent of total burden of disease for 27 disease categories shows conditions like asthma, stroke and–notably–trauma (injuries) receiving a disproportionately small investment in research.

“This articulates loudly – and puts data behind – the fact that when viewed in the context of burden (morbidity and mortality) to society, trauma and injury is at the bottom of the scale,” noted Sharon Smith, NTI’s executive director.  ”If the scale were to include a Quality Adjusted Life Year analysis, the disproportion would be even more apparent.”

The article highlights a disparity that is decades in the making and leaves many essential research questions unanswered. Click here to read snippets from national reports since 1966 that call for more funding that has never been granted.

NTI and the other national organizations who are part of the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) head to Capitol Hill next month to advocate for increased funding.


NTI Board Member Dr. Peggy Knudson Named to ACS-MHS Partnership Post

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

NTI Board Member M. Margaret (Peggy) Knudson, MD, FACS, has joined the Division of Member Services of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as Medical Director for the Military Health System (MHS) Strategic-ACS Partnership. This partnership was officially established with the signing of a charter during Clinical Congress 2014.

Dr. Knudson will oversee the partnership and assist with the development of education, systems-based practices, and research to maintain and advance the clinical knowledge and skills for ensuring quality and readiness of the military health system. She is currently professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and an attending trauma surgeon at the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center where she also is actively involved in injury research and prevention.

Dr. Knudson has served on the NTI Board of Directors since its establishment in 2008 and served as Science Committee Chair for several terms.

NTI Meets and Greets at EAST 28th Annual Scientific Assembly

Friday, January 16th, 2015

The National Trauma Institute met with members of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) during its annual meeting in Orlando Florida this week. The young surgeons and investigators attending the meeting benefited from scientific presentations, career-building and leadership sessions, and networking opportunities with colleagues and mentors from across the United States.

NTI provided information about its mission, recently published research and upcoming advocacy activities in Washington, DC.