At this year's SAVIR conference, PISC Scholars are front and center in sessions, workshops and leadership. With a theme of "Injury Prevention Advocacy: From Research to Policy", we covered content from advocacy to concussion and trauma to motor vehicle crash and opioids. Overall, PISC scholars lead nearly 25 posters, sessions and workshops. Our presence (see schedule) provided the opportunity to learn from injury scientists across the nation while celebrating PISC growth and leadership.
Sara Jacoby led the way in a pre-conference workshop: Injury Prevention Advocacy: From Evidence to Policy. Sessions continued throughout the first day in Trauma & EMS Care, Injury Policy and Poster Sessions. Zachary Meisel focused his first talk on Strengthening Partnerships Between Substance Use Researchers and Policy makers: A Qualitative Study to Understand How To Take Advantage of a Window of Opportunity.
Day 2 opened with PISC strongly representing Traumatic Brain Injury sessions on Policies and Programs for Change. Bernadette D'Alonzo and Theresa Soya presented on findings from the Ivy League-Big Ten Epidemiology of Concussion Study on differences in reported symptoms and time to recovery, as well as concussion in women's and men's lacrosse, respectively. Catherine McDonald, Sara Solomon and Zack Meisel discussed different aspects of Opioid Interventions, including administration of naloxone in schools, efforts to site a supervised injection facility in Philadelphia, and high-risk opioid use after new prescriptions from the ED.
The CHOP Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP), a strong PISC partner, also had great representation from leadership and affiliates. Among others, Allison Curry and Catherine McDonald presented on studies related to young drivers, including adverse driving outcomes among newly licensed autistic adolescents, and contextual factors of cell phone use while driving, respectively.
This is just a snap shot of what went on at this year's SAVIR conference. There was great networking and budding collaborations happening between PISC Scholars and colleagues across the country. The conference concluded with a shout out to the importance of the next generation of injury scientists. In addition,
Douglas Wiebe, PISC Executive Director, gave a teaser for next year's SAVIR which is happening in Philadelphia. If you are not a part of this important injury community, it's not too late. We hope to see you in Philadelphia SAVIR 2020!