Injury Investigators Receive Awards, Celebrate National Safety Event

01/25/2008

Flaura Koplin-Winston, M.D., Ph.D., founder and co-scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, recently received the 2007 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission.

Dr. Winston was awarded this prestigious honor for her tireless efforts to prevent traffic injuries in children through applied research and outreach. Dr. Winston is the co-principal investigator for Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) and director of the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies. She also is an attending physician at Children's Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

As a leading expert on child passenger safety, Dr. Winston has provided valuable input to many national organizations, including the Institute of Medicine; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; the Maternal and Child Health Bureau; the National Institutes of Health; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the U.S. Product Safety Commission.

Dennis R. Durbin, M.D., M.S.C.E., co-scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, recently received the 2007 Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Durbin was chosen by his peers for this honor, which cites a recipient's body of work in health sciences research.

His research involving PCPS, along with the entire Injury Center Research Team, has helped to reduce injury and death from motor vehicle crashes. Dr. Durbin also is an emergency medicine attending physician at Children's Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics and epidemiology and director of the research section of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Winston and Dr. Durbin also were honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) section on injury, violence and poison with its 2007 Fellow Achievement Award. The internationally-known experts on child passenger safety and injury prevention received the award at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. Since establishing the PCPS study with State Farm®, their research findings have helped to improve safety design, establish regulatory procedures and enact legislation to help dramatically reduce child traffic injury and death.

To draw attention to the issue of teen driver safety, the leading cause of death to teens and young adults, Children's Hospital worked with U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent and U.S. Senator Bob Casey to establish a Congress-sanctioned National Teen Driver Safety Week. Designated as the third week every October, the first annual week was held October 15-20, 2007.

A new State Farm ad thanking Congress for helping to make National Teen Driver Safety Week a reality and focusing on the partnership between State Farm and Children's Hospital was included in several major national print publications. Included in Time, Newsweek, USA Today and Washington Post, the campaign informs consumers about the partnership's leadership role in teen driver safety and brings attention to the commitment to make teens safer drivers.