Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH
E. Brooke Lerner, PhD
Center Deputy Director
Sara Kohlbeck, MPH
Assistant Director of the IRC
Peter Layde, MD, MSc
Program Manager I
Clinical Research Assistant
Program Coordinator for Wisconsin Violent Death Reporting System
The Injury Research Center at the Medical College (IRC-MCW) was established in 2001 as a comprehensive, federally funded Injury Research Center to address the Burden of Injury in the Great Lakes Region, also known as Region V. Consisting of 6 states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin), Region V is home to over 50 million people and represents 18% of our nation's population.
Located on the campus of the Medical College of Wisconsin, the IRC-MCW is an interdepartmental collaboration of diverse specialties which contribute to its strength. Through research, education, training and outreach, the IRC works to fulfill its mission of preventing and reducing injury deaths and disabilities while improving care of injured patients in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region.
Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Director
E. Brooke Lerner, PhD, Deputy Director
Sara Kohlbeck, MPH, Assistant Director
The IRC at MCW serves Region V (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio), which has over 51 million people (17% of our nation's population).
In 2007, residents of Region V experienced over 20,000 injury deaths from unintentional causes (motor vehicles, bicycles, fires, poisonings and falls), 2,900 homicides, and 5,600 suicides. The unintentional poisoning rate more than doubled from 2001 to 2007 (4.38 to 9.46 per 100,000 population).
Together, intentional and unintentional injuries account for more deaths of Americans ages 1-24 than all other causes of death combined.
Each year approximately 170,000 Americans die from an injury and over 2 million are hospitalized for their injuries. Many of those who are hospitalized suffer from permanent disabilities.
Over 3,400 Wisconsin residents die of injuries each year.
Falls and motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of unintentional injury death and hospitalization in Wisconsin.
Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death among kids (age 1-17 years) and young adults (age 18-34 years).
Firearms are the most common cause of intentional injury in Wisconsin, accounting for a majority of both homicides and suicides.