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Announcing the Twentieth Public Meeting of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)

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Announcing the Twentieth Public Meeting of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)

John Maddox
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
August 2, 2012


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 149 (Thursday, August 2, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 46154-46155]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18944]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Announcing the Twentieth Public Meeting of the Crash Injury 
Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION: Meeting Announcement.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the Twentieth Public Meeting of members 
of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network. CIREN is a 
collaborative effort to conduct research on crashes and injuries at six 
Level I Trauma Centers across the United States linked by a computer 
network. The current CIREN model utilizes two types of centers, medical 
and engineering. Medical centers are based at Level I Trauma Centers 
that admit large numbers of people injured in motor vehicle crashes. 
These teams are led by trauma surgeons and emergency physicians and 
also include a crash investigator and project coordinator. Engineering 
centers are based at academic engineering laboratories that have 
experience in motor vehicle crash and human injury research. 
Engineering teams partner with trauma centers to enroll crash victims 
into the CIREN program. Engineering teams are led by mechanical 
engineers, typically trained in the area of impact biomechanics. 
Engineering teams also include trauma/emergency physicians, a crash 
investigator, and a project coordinator. Either type of team typically 
includes additional physicians and/or engineers, epidemiologists, 
nurses, and other researchers. The CIREN process combines prospective 
data collection with professional multidisciplinary analysis of medical 
and engineering evidence to determine injury causation in every crash 
investigation conducted. Researchers can review data and share 
expertise, which may lead to a better understanding of crash injury 
mechanisms and the design of safer vehicles.
    The six centers will give presentations on current research based 
on CIREN data. Topics include thoraco-lumbar fractures in frontal 
crashes, risk of pelvic fractures in motor vehicle collisions, trauma 
system adoption of Advanced Automatic Collision Notification (AACN) 
Systems, lower extremity injury patterns sustained in frontal crashes, 
evaluation of brain lesion location sustained in motor vehicle crashes, 
and major vascular injuries.
    The final agenda will be posted to the CIREN Web site that can be 
accessed by going to the NHTSA homepage http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/, 
click on Vehicle Safety Research on the right side of the top toolbar, 
and then click on Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) 
in the box on the left. The agenda will be posted one week prior to the 
meeting.

DATE AND TIME: The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at: Department of Transportation 
Headquarters, Oklahoma Room, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 
20590.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT:  It is essential that you pre-register to 
expedite the security process for entry to the meeting facility. Please 
send your name, affiliation, phone number, and email address to 
Rodney.Rudd@dot.gov by Thursday, August 30, 2012, in order to have your 
name added to the pre-registration list. Everyone must have a

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government-issued photo identification to be admitted to the facility.

FOR GENERAL INFORMATION:  Rodney Rudd (202) 366-5932, Mark Scarboro 
(202) 366-5078 or Cathy McCullough (202) 366-4734.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NHTSA has held CIREN public meetings on a 
regular basis since 2000, including quarterly meetings and annual 
conferences. This is the twentieth such meeting. Presentations from 
these meetings are available through the NHTSA Web site. NHTSA plans to 
continue holding CIREN meetings on a regular basis to disseminate CIREN 
information to interested parties. Individual CIREN cases collected 
since 1998 may be viewed from the NHTSA/CIREN Web site at the address 
provided above. Should it be necessary to cancel the meeting due to 
inclement weather or to any other emergencies, a decision to cancel 
will be made as soon as possible and posted immediately on CIREN's Web 
site as indicated above. If you do not have access to the Web site, you 
may call or email the contacts listed in this announcement and leave 
your telephone number or email address. You will be contacted only if 
the meeting is postponed or canceled.

    Issued on: July 26, 2012.
John Maddox,
Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research.
[FR Doc. 2012-18944 Filed 8-1-12; 8:45 am]
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