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About Us

Center for Orthopaedic Injury Research & InnovationOur investigative team consists of orthopaedic surgeons and researchers with unique expertise in clinical research methods.

Led by investigators at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), the Center for Orthopaedic Injury Research & Innovation (COIRI) will establish a national center of excellence for orthopaedic fracture surgery research. COIRI leverages an existing clinical trial network of 35 institutions, the unparalleled experience and data sets of McMaster University’s Center for Evidenced-Based Orthopaedics (CEO) and the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), and the expansive institutional research facilities of UMB.

COIRI consists of three Cores designed to expand the community’s research expertise, develop new research ideas, and implement rigorous research studies.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center is to:

  1. To expand the research methods knowledge and skills of the orthopaedic fracture surgery community. Our goal is to increase the community’s level of expertise and number of individuals with research methods training by providing various teaching and mentorship opportunities.
     
    • One of these avenues for teaching and mentorship is through the COIRI Orthopaedics Research Fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Learn more >
    • In addition, we provide educational activities for the orthopaedic trauma research community, facilitating access to educational lectures and Grand Rounds. Through a partnership with AO Peer, we deliver local, national, and teacher courses.
  2. To develop new research ideas capable of improving clinical outcomes. Leveraging access to our large clinical trial data sets, COIRI users are able to generate exploratory research questions that can be developed into full clinical trial proposals. Guided by our network of clinicians, researchers, and patient partners, we ensure the clinical relevance, patient importance, and study feasibility of all COIRI projects.
  3. To implement rigorous research methods for orthopaedic fracture surgery studies. We strive to match COIRI users with the resources they need to execute high-quality research and provide the technical expertise and support required to advance the rigor of projects.