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Saving lives and protecting people from injuries and violence
  1. Debra Houry
  1. Correspondence to Dr Debra Houry, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, 30341 USA; vjz7{at}

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Injury is the leading cause of death for people aged 1–44 in the USA. CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control—the Injury Center—is uniquely poised to measure the toll of injury and violence on the lives of Americans and reduce factors that increase their risk. For more than 20 years, Injury Center scientists and partners in the field have tracked trends in injury and violence burden, investigated risk factors through surveillance and research and translated findings into evidence-based strategies and interventions.

The Injury Center has two CDC agency-wide priorities: (1) motor vehicle injury and (2) prescription drug overdose, and has identified the topics of child abuse and neglect, older adult falls, sexual violence, and youth sports concussion as important growth areas. In 2015, the Injury Center updated its research priorities in these areas to help guide intramural and extramural investments to accelerate impact at the population level over the next 3–5 years.

CDC funds 10 Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs) …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.