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The upcoming 15-year anniversary of the International Society for Child & Adolescent Injury Prevention (ISCAIP) seems like a good opportunity to provide a brief history and overview of the organization, as well as to discuss successes and new challenges. As there is no definitive source for much of this information, what follows is a pieced-together history based on articles, documents, and anecdotes from long-time members.
The idea for the creation of ISCAIP came from a meeting at the Second International Injury Control Conference in Atlanta, USA on 19 May 1993. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of a journal dedicated to child and adolescent injury prevention, but the importance of a society was also raised and quickly gained support. The intent behind the creation of ISCAIP was to provide an international, multidisciplinary forum for communication among injury prevention researchers and practitioners, to promote action on child and adolescent injury prevention and to facilitate trans-national research.1 The international focus of ISCAIP was felt to facilitate national and global advocacy and knowledge translation efforts, particularly in countries where injury prevention enjoys …
Competing interests: MB is a board member of ISCAIP, representative of the Americas.
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