2018 Jess Kraus Award Goes to Columbia Researcher

Stanford Chihuri

Stanford Chihuri, 2018 Kraus Award Recipient

Stanford Chihuri, MPH is the 2018 recipient of the Jess Kraus award, an honor the editorial board of Injury Epidemiology provides annually to acknowledge the Journal’s paper which best demonstrates novelty, simplicity, and clarity while establishing the potential to impact population health. “I am humbled to receive this award early in my career,” Chihuri said. “Personally, I think it is confirmation of excellent mentorship, training and continuous scholarship I receive from my colleagues and collaborators.”

Chihuri’s work, “Interaction of marijuana and alcohol on fatal motor vehicle crash risk: a case-control study,” is of critical importance because of the increasing number of cities considering the legalization of marijuana. The study finds that alcohol use and marijuana use are each associated with significantly increased risks of fatal crash involvement and that when used together alcohol and marijuana show a synergistic effect on the risk of fatal crash involvement.

The award-winning author says the value of his work is two-fold: short-term it raises awareness through dissemination of its information, and long term it can help to reduce injuries, fatalities, associated costs in lost labor and healthcare as well as improve the quality of life through the implementation of evidence-based public health interventions. He went on to say the most rewarding aspect of this work is to know that it will likely change the trends in injury epidemiology down the road.

“My goal is to appraise public health concerns on the intersection of substance abuse and injury,” Chihuri said. “I want to see our work continue to assist the public, parents, and motorists in understanding the potential threats to driving safety and operation of other equipment. In addition, I want to see instructors use our work to illuminate these public health issues to trainees and future public health professionals. Lastly,” he concluded, “I want our work to contribute to the formulation and prescription of evidence-based solutions to the drug epidemic and injury.”

Chihuri is a staff associate at the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University. He received graduate training in epidemiology and biostatistics from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and has experience in data management, statistical analysis and manuscript preparation at Columbia University Medical Center.

Injury Prevention Center Director Dr. Guohua Li presents Stanford Chihuri with Kraus Award.

He has worked as the biostatistician/data analyst for Dr. Guohua Li, M. Finster Professor of Epidemiology and Anesthesiology and Director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at the University. He is skilled in performing statistical analysis such as hierarchical modeling using complex data systems and multiply imputed datasets in statistical software such as SAS, R, SPSS, etc. He is also responsible for creating and managing datasets for ongoing projects and assisting other investigators with manuscripts and reports. Stan also directs and coordinates the injury epidemiology lab at the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention.

The award Jess Kraus, PhD, MPH commemorates Professor Jess F. Kraus, a pioneer in injury research. Kraus was appointed and elected to a number of professional societies and organizations. He also served as a member of the Motor Vehicle Safety Research Advisory Committee of the US Department of Transportation as well as the World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel on Accident Prevention. In addition, he has conducted studies on motorcycle crashes, pedestrian injuries, work-related trauma and brain and spinal cord injuries. Kraus has nearly 200 publications. Also, he teaches three graduate courses on injury epidemiology and supervises both PhD and Masters students at UCLA.

Stanford Chihuri, MPH recently presented his research at the 6th annual Translating Injury Science into Prevention Symposium presented by the Columbia University Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention. Click here to see his presentation and those of other presenters at the symposium.