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Announcing the Ninth Quarterly Meeting of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)

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AGENCY:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION:

Meeting Announcement.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces the Ninth Quarterly Meeting of members of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network. CIREN is a collaborative effort to conduct research on crashes and injuries at ten Level 1 Trauma Centers linked by a computer network. Researchers can review data and share expertise, which could lead to a better understanding of crash injury mechanisms and the design of safer vehicles.

DATE AND TIME:

The meeting is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

The meeting will be held at the Harborview Medical Center's Research and Training Building Auditorium at 9th and Alder St., Seattle, WA. (Hosted by the Seattle CIREN center)

To Register for This Event: Please visit the Seattle CIREN team's Web site at www.hiprc.org and locate the CIREN conference announcement.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The CIREN System has been established and crash cases have been entered into the database by each Center. CIREN cases may be viewed from the NHTSA/CIREN Web site at: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/​departments/​nrd-50/​ciren/​CIREN.html. NHTSA has held three Annual Conferences where CIREN research results were presented. Further information about the three previous CIREN conferences is also available through the NHTSA Web site. NHTSA held the first quarterly meeting on May 5, 2000, with a topic of lower extremity injuries in motor vehicle crashes; the second quarterly meeting on July 21, 2000, with a topic of side impact crashes; the third quarterly meeting on November 30, 2000, with a topic of thoracic injuries in crashes; the fourth quarterly meeting on March 16, 2001, with a topic of offset frontal collisions; the fifth quarterly meeting on June 21, 2001, on CIREN outreach efforts; the sixth quarterly meeting (held in Ann Arbor, Michigan) with a topic of injuries involving sport utility vehicles, the seventh quarterly meeting on December 6, 2001, with a topic of Age Related Injuries (Elderly and Children), and the eighth quarterly meeting on April 25, 2002, with a topic of Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Presentations from these meetings are available through the NHTSA Web site.

NHTSA plans to continue holding quarterly meetings on a regular basis to disseminate CIREN information to interested parties. This is the ninth such meeting. The ten CIREN Centers will be presenting papers on the research specialty for their particular center regarding crash injury mechanisms. Subsequent meetings have tentatively been scheduled for December 2002 and April 2003. These meetings are in lieu of an annual CIREN conference.

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For Further Information Contact NHTSA or SEATTLE CIREN CENTER at:

NHTSA—Catherine McCullough, Office of Human-Centered Research, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Room 6220, Washington, DC 20590, telephone: (202) 366-4734.

CIREN SEATTLE—Rob Kaufman, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, 325 Ninth Ave., Box 359960, Seattle, WA 98104. Telephone: (206) 521-1533.

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Issued on: July 17, 2002.

Raymond P. Owings,

Associate Administrator for Research and Development, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-18615 Filed 7-23-02; 8:45 am]

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