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National Study Center for Trauma and EMS

The Charles ‘McC.’ Mathias National Study Center (NSC) for Trauma & Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) was established by Congress in 1986 and became part of the Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research - Organized Research Center (STAR-ORC) in 2007. The NSC is affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (STC) and serves as the primary research arm of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). Our multi-disciplinary staff is composed of faculty epidemiologists, emergency medicine clinicians, statisticians, and program and database managers with extensive experience with analysis of national, state and local data.

The breadth and depth of expertise is unmatched, which allows the NSC to conduct a wide variety of research projects, including trauma-related research, encompassing injury epidemiology, Emergency Medical Services system evaluation, and health services outcomes. Injury research has included motor vehicle-related trauma, substance abuse, and violence studies. The NSC studies a range of traffic safety issues including impaired driving, occupant restraint use, motor vehicle engineering, motorcycle safety, aggressive driving, teen and older drivers, pedestrian safety, and distracted driving. Clinical trials and intervention studies have been conducted through close working relationships with clinical staff at the STC.

NSC staff members work closely with partners at the STC to evaluate patient outcomes and interventions. NSC researchers are widely published in peer-reviewed journals and served as executive board members of many organizations, including the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM).


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Baltimore, MD 21201