8th Annual Conference, May 21, 2020 – Now Virtual – Register now!

Columbia Center for Injury Science

and Prevention Symposium

We apologize for the inconvenience, but our earlier registration did not generate a link for you to access the Zoom webinar. Please use this link to obtain your personal Zoom webinar link and password to access the Thursday, May 21st symposium.

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Once you register for Zoom using this link above, you will receive an email with the link and password to the webinar. This link will be active for the program from 10am-1:45 pm.

Join your colleagues virtually on ZOOM for our Annual Injury and Violence Prevention Conference. The conference will provide the opportunity to converse with your injury prevention colleagues in academia, health departments, hospitals and other organizations to discuss cutting-edge research and best practices in injury and violence prevention. Louis Klarevas, author of Rampage Nation, will give the keynote. Attendees will be able to network at our popular injury prevention roundtables through breakout sessions in ZOOM. As always, roundtables will cover a wide variety of topics including firearm violence, transportation safety, drug overdose, adolescent suicide, older adult falls and adverse childhood experiences. Registration is free, but required in order to receive a ZOOM link and password to join our efforts to work for safer and healthier communities. The program starts at 10:00.

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Also check out the May 20, 2020 seminar presented by the Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University.

Multidisciplinary workshop on strategic approaches for advancing infant and child occupant protection

A Transportation Research Board sponsored workshop titled Strategic Approaches for Advancing Infant- and Child-Occupant Protection: Birth to 15 Years on will be held on Sunday, January 12th from 9:00 am to noon in Washington, DC. This workshop was organized by Joyce Pressley of Columbia University and Maria Vegega, who recently retired from NHTSA. The workshop brings together CDC, NHTSA, academics, consultants, and private industry to discuss existing and emerging issues in infant, child and adolescent motor vehicle occupant protection.

This workshop will examine strategic approaches and best practices for addressing current and emerging issues in infant and child motor vehicle occupant safety across the four critical stages of pediatric occupant protection, from birth to 15 years of age. A broad array of speakers will provide updates and a framework to guide discussion of current and emerging factors contributing to infant and child endangerment, effective interventions, expanded social media communication tools, knowledge gaps, and research needs. Speakers and discussants include research and policy institutions, practitioners, university researchers, government agencies and private consulting organizations.

Registration for the TRB Annual Conference is required for attendance. http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting/AnnualMeeting.aspx.

Contact for questions: Joyce Pressley, PhD, MPH, Chair of ANB45 Occupant Protection, jp376@cumc.columbia.edu

Workshop organized by: Joyce Pressley, Columbia University and Chair of ANB45, Occupant Protection and Maria Vegega, Road Safety Consulting

Sponsored by Standing Committee on Occupant Protection (ANB45)

Schedule of Injury Epidemiology Unit Seminars, Spring 2020

All of the seminars listed below will be held from 11:30 – 12:30 pm in the Hammer Health Sciences Building (701 West 168th Street, Rm HSC 322). Lunch will be served. Webinar link also listed with each talk.

Click to download a PDF flier of this schedule.

JANUARY 27, 2020

Cannabis impaired driving

Ashley Brooks-Russell, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Community and Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado University Anschutz Medical Campus

Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/225660216


FEBRUARY 24, 2020

Linking criminal justice and healthcare data to address the opioid crisis

Noa Krawczyk, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health,
New York University Langone

Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/135663600

MARCH 23, 2020

Evaluating the Impact of “Stand Your Ground” Self-defense Laws

David K. Humphreys
Associate Professor of Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation Research Fellow, Green Templeton College Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/445356113

APRIL 27, 2020

Substance-related Injury: Random Breath Testing, Alcohol Fuelled Violence and Drug Use

Jason Ferris, PhD
Associate Professor, Centre for Health Services Research, Translational Research Institute, The University of Queensland

Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/995454112


Schedule of Injury Epidemiology Unit Seminars, Fall 2019

All of the seminars listed below will be held from 11:30 – 12:30 pm in the Hammer Health Sciences Building (701 West 168th Street, Rm HLL201). Lunch will be served. Webinar link also listed with each talk.

Click here to download a PDF of this schedule.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

Sports-related concussions

James M. Noble, MD, MS, CPH, FAAN, Associate Professor of Neurology at CUMC, Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain & GH Sergievsky Center, Department of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center

Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/818464536

OCTOBER 14, 2019

Sexual Assault on College Campus- Perceptions, Peer Experience, Victimization

Shankar Viswanathan, DrPH, MSc
Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/576810843

NOVEMBER 11, 2019

Cannabis Policy and Injury

Jennifer M. Whitehill, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion & Policy, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/333178335

DECEMBER 9, 2019

Measuring the opioid epidemic: Surveillance to inform and evaluate a public health approach

Michelle Nolan, MPH
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, MSPH, Epidemiologist, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care, and Treatment, NYCDOHMH

Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/545590488


Announcing Columbia SURGE

The Columbia SURGE (Scientific Union for the Reduction of Gun Violence) capitalizes on the university’s convening power to generate new science, new scientists, and transformative solutions to the tragedy of gun violence.

2019 Krauss Award Winner Named

Svetla Slavova, PhD, receives the Jess Kraus Award from Dr. Guohua Li, Editor in Chief of Injury Epidemiology.

During the 7th annual Symposium of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, Svetla Slavova, PhD, of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center received the Jess Kraus award. It is an honor the editorial board of Injury Epidemiology provides annually to acknowledge the paper which best demonstrates novelty, simplicity, and clarity while establishing the potential to impact population health.

Slavova’s paper, “Interrupted Time Series Design to Evaluate the Effect of the ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM Coding Transition on Injury Hospitalization Trends,” raised awareness about how structural and conceptual changes in the ICD-10-CM coding system must be understood to assure accurate interpretation of injury trends.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award – particularly for this paper,” Slavova said. “Improving surveillance quality is necessary for our communities to have strong data to inform their prevention activities. This recognition of the work my colleagues and I do to translate data to action confirms the importance of the work and is personally rewarding,” she continued.

Slavova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky. She is currently principal investigator on grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration. Her research interests surround improved injury surveillance data and methodology, drug overdose prevention research, analytical enhancement of prescription drug monitoring programs, and health outcomes associated with substance use and misuse.

Svetla Slavova, PhD

Svetla Slavova, PhD

Dr. Slavova has authored and co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications highlighting the analytical approaches to understanding and combating the opioid epidemic. In 2018, she was named Lexington Public Health Hero for her work to provide free community supplies of naloxone. She received the 2018 Distinguished Leader Award from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists for her leadership for improved drug overdose mortality surveillance. For her outstanding research achievements, Dr. Slavova was named 2019-2020 University Research Professor by the University of Kentucky.

The Jess Kraus award commemorates Professor Jess F. Kraus, PhD, MPH, 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.

7th Annual Conference, May 23, 2019


Innovations in Translating Injury Research into Effective Prevention

Thursday, May 23, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Columbia University
722 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

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Join us at Columbia University on Thursday, May 23, 2019 to meet injury prevention colleagues, network and learn about cutting edge and best practices in injury prevention.

Continental breakfast starts at 9:00 and the program begins at 10:00. During a complimentary lunch you can participate in collaborative round-table discussions on a variety of injury topics. The presentation of the 2019 Jess Kraus award will take place.  In addition, the editor of Springer Publishers Collaborative Open Access Journal, Injury Epidemiology, will be available for questions and discussion.

Sponsored by:
Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University
Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University Medical Center
University Seminars in Injury Prevention

For additional information Contact:
Guohua Li, MD, DrPHM.
Finster Professor of Epidemiology and Anesthesiology
Director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention
Columbia University