The Injury Research Center (IRC) at the Medical College was established as a comprehensive federally funded injury control research center to address the burden of injury in the Great Lakes Region of the Midwest (WI, MN, IL, IN, MI and OH). The IRC brings together researchers, practitioners, advocates, organizations, and agencies to prevent, treat, and care for injuries. Together we can research, implement, and evaluate effective injury prevention and control strategies to realize the vision of injury prevention as one of the premier public health achievements of the 21st century.
The IRC is unique in that it is housed within a medical college. The Medical College of Wisconsin provides care for injured patients through Level 1 Trauma Centers for children and adults (Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital), at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, and through hospitals and clinics in Southeast Wisconsin. The College has over 1,200 students in its medical student and graduate student educational programs and is a major national research center. Given this unique setting and the collaborations among medicine, public health, and community partners, the IRC effectively informs injury prevention and control through scientific knowledge, clinical practice, preventive interventions, and research translation.