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Global Trauma Network

Research    COMBAT    Global Trauma Network

New Grants Support Critical Trauma Care Research

Last month, the Cape-Colorado-Combat (C3) Global Trauma Network received two research grants totaling $4.7 million from the United States Department of Defense (DoD). One study will assess how timing of wound care and antibiotics impact infectious complications and multi-organ failure in patients with high-risk injuries. The second will assess timing of critical interventions in patients with life-threatening bleeding from trauma, known as hemorrhagic shock. Both four-year projects will build on the C3 Network’s decade-long experience in collaboratively studying injured patients in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date November 10, 2023
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ATLAS    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT    Global Trauma Network

CU School of Medicine Faculty Members Win Competitive Research Awards, Present New Solutions at Military Health System Research Symposium

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine continue to inform medical practice on military battlefields and provide time-sensitive solutions. Faculty in the CU Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Department of Anesthesiology, and their research teams are leading a myriad of projects to improve care for critically ill, trauma, and burn patients, as well as investigating mental health and resiliency care for military communities.

Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date August 25, 2023
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Research    Global Trauma Network

7M in Grants Awarded to Study Trauma Outcomes in South Africa

The C3 (Cape-Colorado-COMBAT) Global Trauma Network was awarded a pair of research grants funded by the US Department of Defense to study trauma outcomes in the Western Cape of South Africa over a 5-year period. The study is nicknamed “EpiC” (the official title is, “Epidemiology and Outcomes of Combat-Relevant Prolonged Trauma Care: a Prospective Multicenter Prehospital Study in South Africa.”)

In this exciting study, the co-PI’s, Dr. Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman and Dr. Adit Ginde, have brought together a large team of multi-disciplinary collaborators and co-investigators from the University of Colorado, Denver Health, the US military, and multiple institutions in South Africa, led by Stellenbosch University. This EMS-trauma-emergency medicine collaborative project leverages 6-years’ worth of research experience and infrastructure built by the team.

The study will help answer several high-priority questions on how time and early resuscitative interventions impact morbidity and mortality in critically-injured trauma patients. The answers to these questions are needed to improve care of injured military and civilian populations, worldwide. The team plans to recruit about 100,000 trauma patients in their exceptionally high-trauma environment in the Western Cape of South Africa. 

The research team anticipates that this project will lay the foundation for additional focused studies on specific trauma sub-populations, for example, persons with severe traumatic brain injuries and those with hemorrhagic shock.

Author Internal Article | Publish Date September 09, 2020
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Global Trauma Network

Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman selected to take part in the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Congratulations to Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, who has been selected to take part in the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. Nee-Kofi’s project, “Implementing a Novel Prehospital Shock Care Training Program in a Resource-Constrained African Setting,” will be conducted at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is designed to avert Africa’s brain drain, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. It is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education in collaboration with United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Author Unknown Author | Publish Date May 06, 2016
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Department of Emergency Medicine In the News

Fox 31 | Channel 2

Denver Health offering free gun locks, violence prevention services

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateApril 02, 2024

Benjamin Li, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and emergency medicine physician with Denver Health, spoke with FOX31 about the importance of safe firearm storage.

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The Atlantic

The Doctor Will Ask About Your Gun Now

news outletThe Atlantic
Publish DateApril 02, 2024

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and director of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, was interviewed by The Atlantic regarding physicians asking patients about access to firearms and counseling them toward responsible storage.

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Study: Red flag petitions to take guns less likely to be approved in 2nd Amendment 'sanctuary' counties

news outlet9News
Publish DateApril 01, 2024

Chris Knoepke, PhD, MSW, assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and law enforcement lead for the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, was first author on a recent study published by JAMA Network Open. He is leading research on ERPO usage, especially in Colorado's Second Amendment Sanctuaries.

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Live from Colorado: What should be done to reduce gun violence?

news outletNPR
Publish DateMarch 28, 2024

CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative Director Emmy Betz MD MPH, professor of emergency medicine, was a guest on on NPR's "The Middle with Jeremy Hobson" radio show.

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