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ICRC-UTC (UAB)

UAB Transportation Center

"The goals of the UTC program are to fund research examining transportation problems; to spread knowledge of the research results through education and publications; and to increase the numbers of undergraduate and graduate students in transportation-related majors.

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UAB TRC Well Equipped
UAB is well equipped to meet all of these goals:
  • The UAB - ICRC has produced highly regarded research in the transportation related arena for more than a decade, and a number of research projects ongoing at the UAB hospital and medical school will also contribute knowledge that can improve transportation safety.
  • The UAB - ICRC has long emphasized dissemination of its research, with dozens of publications, presentations, abstracts, and symposia produced each year.
  • UAB's School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine offer advanced degrees in carious fields of health science research, ensuring a consistent pool of students with potential to pursue transportation related careers of research agendas

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UAB Researchers say Add a Helmet to Your Tornado-Preparation Kit

Helmets may prevent injury or death for those caught in a tornado, say researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Injury Control Research Center. In a commentary posted online on its website, the research team suggests that any kind of safety helmet, from hard hats to football helmets to bike helmets, are an essential addition to an individual’s tornado-safety preparations.

helmet_story“Head injuries are a major cause of tornado-related deaths in the United States,” said Scott Crawford, MPH, a research assistant at the ICRC and the commentary’s lead author. “Alabama is the nationwide leader in tornado-related deaths with 412 fatalities recorded since 1980, demonstrating the need for a readily available, low-cost intervention to reduce risk.”

According to the medical examiner’s office in Jefferson County, Ala., at least 11 of the 21 fatalities in the county in the wake of the massive April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak resulted from head or neck injuries.

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