July 2014

CIRP Announces New Co-Scientific Director

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The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) recently announced the promotion of Kristy Arbogast, PhD, to co-scientific director. Dr. Arbogast, who will continue to serve as the Center’s director of engineering, succeeds Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE, who recently moved from his position as scientific director at CIRP to become CHOP Research’s director of Clinical and Translational Research.

Dr. Arbogast has been with CIRP since its inception, when she joined Flaura K. Winston, MD, PhD, and Dr. Durbin as a co-investigator on the seminal Partners for Child Passenger Safety project, a 10-year-long national study that led to significant policy and safety design advances for child motor vehicle occupants.

“This is a natural transition for CIRP,” says Dr. Winston, scientific director and founder of CIRP. “As Kristy’s career has matured and flourished, so has CIRP. She has helped to grow our Center’s international reputation as a thought leader in child injury prevention and pediatric biomechanics.”

As CIRP’s Co-Scientific director, Dr. Arbogast will help lead a group of behavioral scientists, clinicians, engineers, and other professionals who are focused on injury prevention, violence prevention, physical and emotional recovery following injury, and digital health, among other topics.

Dr. Arbogast has dedicated her career to safety research, focusing on the development of new auto and restraint safety designs and biofidelic child anthropomorphic dummies. Her work has greatly expanded the quality and quantity of biomechanical and human factors engineering tools that will help industry to engineer better restraint systems to protect child occupants in motor vehicles. More recently, Dr. Arbogast has been studying concussions, not only from motor vehicle crashes, but also from sports. She served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Sports Concussion in Youth and is a member of the National Council on Youth Sports Safety.

And since 2011, Arbogast has helped lead a multidisciplinary team from across CHOP called Minds Matter: Improving Pediatric Concussion Management. The program has streamlined and standardized concussion diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care across the CHOP network, and is now working to develop a concussion registry that can capture critical data from more than 12,000 concussion visits seen at CHOP each year. These data will help guide the field toward developing objective tools for diagnosing concussion and monitoring recovery.

In addition, Dr. Arbogast continues to serve as the co-director of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies at CHOP, the University of Pennsylvania, and The Ohio State University. Dr. Arbogast is also research associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I have benefitted from the interdisciplinary structure of CIRP,” says Dr. Arbogast. “Working with colleagues from diverse academic backgrounds and research interests has expanded my own understanding of child injury prevention. We are all dedicated to translating our research into action to reduce preventable child injuries and deaths.”

To read more about the Center for Injury Research and Prevention’s work, see the CIRP website.

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