CNTR’s First DoD Research Proposal to be Funded

With a recently announced $4 million Department of Defense grant, the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) begins an intensive investigation into the causes and mechanisms of U.S. deaths that occur outside of hospital settings. NTI is a coalition member.

The project, officially called Multi-Institutional Multidisciplinary Injury Mortality Investigation in the Civilian Pre-Hospital Environment (MIMIC), aims to evaluate the causes and pathophysiologic mechanisms of pre-hospital deaths in order to determine survivability by mechanism of injury and the appropriateness of EMS response and the care delivered.

Brian J. Eastridge, MD, Clinical Professor of Surgery at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and a Colonel in the U.S. Army, is the principal investigator for the MIMIC project. During his active duty service, Dr. Eastridge was the Trauma Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General and co-developer and Director of the Joint Trauma System. His work analyzing causes of combat death, published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in 2012, determined that 25 percent of those casualties had injuries that were potentially survivable. The MIMIC grant enables a comparable analysis of civilian death.

In partnership with the National Association of Medical Examiners, MIMIC will engage 60-75 clinician/reviewers to form study panels that will review 3,000 pre-hospital deaths in six diverse states and regions across the country. CNTR will also partner with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose Data Coordinating Center will be employed for data analysis.

The Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) includes the country’s five leading trauma organizations: American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National Trauma Institute, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, ACS Committee on Trauma and the Western Trauma Association. As CNTR, these organizations seek consistent and significant federal funding for trauma research, build trauma research infrastructure and advocate for a centralized research agenda to prioritize work in the discipline. Visit for more information.

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