The MCW CIREN Center is sponsored by the administration of the Department of Neurosurgery, and the program includes clinicians, biomedical engineers, and research scientists with strong reputations in impact biomechanics.
Real-world crashes are investigated to further the following objectives:
Reconstruct and understand crash and injury causation
Improve prognosis and treatment for crash trauma patients
Reduce time of recovery and treatment costs
Simulate crash scenarios in laboratory environment
Disseminate data to industry, regulatory, and public agencies
Develop strategies to reduce fatalities and injuries in automobile crashes
Provide information to improve public infrastructure to reduce crashes
Develop and disseminate safety messages to the public
Train health care providers in vehicular safety and associated care
The CIREN Center at MCW derives its uniqueness and strengths from:
Internationally renowned surgeons and researchers at the trauma center
World-class biomechanics and engineering investigators
The unparalleled impact testing facilities
The close collaboration between these groups, housed on a single campus, provides an ideal environment to achieve the CIREN Center’s objectives and the CIREN program’s aims. This CIREN Center is the first to focus its activities on brain and spinal cord injuries in motor vehicle crashes, concentrating on injuries in the very young and the elderly. Special attention will also be given to assuring quality improvement measures for injury scaling and crash investigation.