ICTIRT – International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program 2011-2016

The overall purpose of this project by The University of Iowa is to continue to build a collaborative research training program that will strengthen the capacity to conduct clinical, translation and implementation research on human trauma and injury at three emerging centers of excellence in the Central/Eastern European region: the University of Novi Sad in Serbia; the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina; and Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj- Napoca, Romania. This multi-disciplinary program will continue to focus primarily on medium-term research training, augmented by short-term training, and by distance learning and in-country workshops. The program will also offer selected trainees opportunities for long-term training leading to an advanced degree. The program draws on innovative distance learning technology to provide novel training opportunities and facilitate continuity in collaborations and communications.

Specific objectives:
– to train a critical mass of scientists, nurses, and health professionals in these three countries in a variety of disciplines necessary to assess, treat, prevent, and ameliorate injury-related morbidity and mortality
– to develop and strengthen three institutions as sustainable centers of excellence in injury research, including the development of long term partnerships with The University of Iowa, with NIH, CDC, and WHO, and with other U.S. and international institutions and organizations
– to facilitate the transition of trainees to positions of responsibility, authority, and influence in their home countries and other Central/Eastern European countries, regionally, and internationally
– to translate into public health practice the results of research regarding injury prevention and control. The program is coordinated by the University of Iowa Center for International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH).

Coordinator: University of Iowa, USA
Partner: Babes-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca
Funder:  Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, USA
Total budget: 546.000 USD (budget for BBU: 55.000 USD)