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May 29, 2020

Increases in cell phone use while driving is thought to be the cause of unexpectedly high rates of adolescent motor vehicle crashes (MVC). Past studies have shown associations between laws that ban texting while driving and lower fatal crash rates. However, new laws wi...

May 1, 2020

PISC Senior Scholars Michael Nance, MD, Sage Myers, MD, and colleagues authored a research letter evaluating the location of recent mass shooting events relative to nearest hospitals and TCs.

Myers et al. hypothesized that the nearest available hospitals to mass shooti...

May 1, 2020

PISC International Scholar and External Advisory Board Member, David Humphreys, PhD, and colleagues analyzed measures of objective and perceived exposure to neighborhood disadvantage at 10 time-points over 18 years using data in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents a...

May 1, 2020

Although firearm homicide disproportionately affects African Americans, little is known about how universal background checks for handguns (UBG-HG) impacts African Americans.

Kaufman et al. examined the firearm homicide counts for African American and whi...

May 1, 2020

Cities across the world are undertaking ambitious projects to expand tree canopy by increasing the number of trees planted throughout public and private spaces. In epidemiological studies, greenspaces in urban environments have been associated with physical and mental...

February 27, 2020

The Stand Your Ground Project has a new website dedicated to supporting ongoing research into the effects of stand you ground laws by the University of Oxford and University of Pennsylvania. The Stand Your Ground Project is a collection of research led by researchers a...

April 30, 2019

Since 2005, a series of controversial changes to self-defense laws have been enacted in a number of US states. These laws are known as “stand your ground” or “shoot first” laws, and they expand the rights of individuals to use lethal force in situations when a severe t...

February 16, 2019

In collaboration with the University of Botswana (UB) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) , the Penn Injury Science Center is working on a D43 Training Grant (Development of an injury and trauma research training program for Botswana (ITRTPB) designed to produce independe...

November 12, 2018

Comprehensive User Engagement Sites (CUES) -- sites where people can inject drugs under medical supervision in well-lit, hygienic spaces --  are integral in advising clients about injection-related harms, providing clean injecting supplies, providing linkages to medica...

October 2, 2018

Funded by National Institute of Nursing Research: K99/R00NR013548; PENN University Research Foundation, PENN; Dr. Dorothy Mereness Endowed Research Fund, PENN School of Nursing.

As the leading cause of adolescent death and disability, MVCs are a public health crisis. Ad...

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