ICRC 35th Anniversary Webinar October 6, 2022

ICRC 35th Anniversary Webinar October 6, 2022

By: Alexandra de Leon Date: September 27th, 2022

In case you missed this webinar, you can access the ICRC 35th Anniversary Fireside Chat here. 

Please join us as we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) program with a webinar on October 6, 2022, from 1:00-2:00 pm PST. The webinar features CDC’s Acting Principal Deputy Director Dr. Deb Houry along with current and former ICRC directors who will discuss their thoughts on the past, present, and future of the program. HIPRC Director, Monica Vavilala, MD, and FIPRP Director, Fred Rivara, MD, MPH, are panelists on the webinar.

CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) funds ICRCs to study ways to prevent injuries and violence and to work with community partners to put research findings into action. Underlying all other ICRCs core functions is their ability to bring together multiple stakeholders from disparate disciplines, perspectives, and agencies to join forces and tackle critical public health problems. Through leadership that combines their injury topic and core areas of expertise—research, outreach, and training—they continue to advance the field of injury and violence prevention.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Oct 6, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Injury Control Research Center Program 35-Year Anniversary Fireside Chat

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ljtj0MhfQ0-vJ3_pYRN-KA [t.emailupdates.cdc.gov]

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Dr. Deb Houry, MD, MPH

Acting Principal Deputy Director

CDC Director, NCIPC

Dr. Debra Houry is the Acting Principal Deputy Director of CDC. Since 2014, Dr. Houry served as director of the NCIPC at CDC. She led innovative research and science-based programs to prevent injuries and violence and to reduce their consequences. Dr. Houry previously served as vice chair and associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and as associate professor at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Houry was an attending physician at Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received awards throughout her career including the APHA Jay Drotman award.

Richard Hamburg, MPA

Executive Director

Safe States Alliance

Richard “Rich” Hamburg has been the Executive Director at the Safe States Alliance since 2018. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) where he oversaw public policy initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and internal operations. Prior to TFAH, he served as the American Heart Association’s national Director of Government Relations.


Fred Rivara, MD, MPH

University of Washington Harborview Injury and Research Center

ICRC Director 1987–2000

Dr. Fred Rivara is vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Washington. He is also editor-in-chief of JAMA. He was the founding director of the Harborview Injury and Research Center in Seattle. He has devoted his career to studying injury and injury prevention. He has received numerous honors including the Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Rivara was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) in 2005.

Carol Runyan, PhD, MPH

University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center

ICRC Deputy Director 1987–1989; ICRC Director 1989–2011

Dr. Carol Runyan is a part-time Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health where she helped create the Colorado Injury and Violence Prevention Center. She resides in North Carolina where she is Professor Emeritus at University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Gillings School of Public Health. Dr. Runyan has spent most of her career at UNC. She developed and directed the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center for more than two decades. She has led efforts to train practitioners in injury control from a public health perspective and conducted research on multiple injury and violence topics.

Steve Marshall, PhD

University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center

ICRC Director 2011–Present

Dr. Steve Marshall is a Professor of Epidemiology and has been the Director of the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center for the past 11 years. He is an epidemiologist who has conducted research in the field of injury and violence prevention for the past 30 years. He is author or co-author on more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He leads and is a member of multiple interdisciplinary research teams in the field of injury and violence prevention. Dr. Marshall’s research areas include sports related TBI, opioid overdose, road safety, firearm safety, occupational injury, injuries in the military, and suicide prevention.

Charles Branas, PhD, MS

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Injury Science Center ICRC Director 2014–2019

Columbia University: Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention ICRC Director 2019–Present


Dr. Charles Branas is a professor at the Columbia Department of Epidemiology and the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention. His violence and injury prevention research extends from urban and rural areas in the US to communities across the globe, incorporating place-based interventions and human geography. He has led science that generates new knowledge while simultaneously creating positive, real-world changes and health-enhancing resources with local communities. He has worked in multiple Schools of Public Health, Engineering, and Medicine, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Patrick Carter, MD

University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center

ICRC Director 2019–Present

Dr. Patrick Carter is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (School of Medicine) and Health Behavior and Health Education (School of Public Health) at the University of Michigan. He is the Co-Director of the UM Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, the Director of the CDC-funded University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, and part of the leadership team for the NICHD-funded Firearm Safety among Children and Teens Consortium. His research is broadly within the field of firearm injury prevention, particularly emergency department interventions for reducing risky firearm behaviors and violent injury outcomes.

Jonathan Rupp, PhD

Emory University Injury Prevention Research Center

Director 2019–Present

Dr. Jonathan Rupp is the Director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory and an Associate Professor in the Emory Department of Emergency Medicine. His research focuses on innovative ways to collect and use data to promote injury prevention. His current work includes studies aimed at understanding the factors influencing injury in motor-vehicle crashes, developing methods for surveillance of crashes involving vulnerable road users, characterizing the prevalence and spatial distributions of adverse childhood experiences in Georgia, and understanding best practices to promote safe storage of firearms.

Carri Casteel, PhD

University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center

ICRC Director 2020–Present

Dr. Carri Casteel is a Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa. She has a long history of affiliating with CDC-funded ICRCs. She completed her doctoral training at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) ICRC. Her doctoral chairs included Jess Kraus and Corinne Peek-Asa. After receiving her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at UCLA, her first job was at the UNC at Chapel Hill ICRC. There she worked with Carol Runyan and Steve Marshall and developed her research portfolio as a junior faculty member. Dr. Casteel moved to the UI ICRC mid-career and is now the Director.

Monica S. Vavilala, MD

University of Washington Harborview Injury and Research Center

ICRC Director 2019-Present

Dr. Monica Vavilala is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the University of Washington and has been a practicing anesthesiologist for 25 years. She believes in patient-centered care which includes a team of healthcare providers to deliver evidence-based medical care to improve outcomes. Dr. Vavilala’s clinical and research interests include traumatic brain injury and the translation of evidence-based guidelines into practice.