Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR)
Together with the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), National Trauma Institute (NTI) American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (COT), and the Western Trauma Association (WTA), the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) launched the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) in September 2014. CNTR believes that a robust research infrastructure is long over-due, pointing to a 40-year history of federally acknowledged research funding inadequacies.
As a coalition, these six leading trauma-related organizations represent more than 4,500 professionals in surgical and emergency medicine fields and settings. Additional organizations, representing thousands of other emergency medical personnel, support CNTR’s call for sustained trauma research funding, including emergency physicians and nurses, neurological surgeons, emergency medical technicians, trauma center personnel and others.CNTR seeks consistent and significant funding for studies that increase an understanding of the mechanisms of traumatic injury and inform clinical practice. In addition, the coalition advocates for a centralized research agenda to prioritize work in the discipline, and for federal support of a robust trauma research infrastructure – including a National Trauma Research Repository and a Trauma Clinical Trials Network.
CNTR makes its case for national trauma research funding through every potential avenue for funding that exists in Washington, including the White House, the Department of Defense, Congressional Appropriations Committees and the National Institutes of Health.
July 2019 - A Research Methodology conference hosted by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) and the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) took a step closer toward matching research efforts with the societal burden of traumatic injury—the #1 cause of death from age 1-46 and the #3 cause of death overall in the United States. Yet, traumatic injury ranks last in NIH funding relative to the public health burden of disease.
EAST is proud to be partnering with the ACS-COT and CNTR on these initiatives. EAST Board members Dr. Elliott Haut, Dr. Deborah Stein, Dr. Jason Smith, and Dr. Ben Zarzaur were in attendance.