How Multi-disciplinary Research Centers and Networks Can Advance the Science of Firearm Injury Prevention

Schmidt, C. J., Rauk, L., Cunningham, R. M., Zimmerman, M. A., Roche, J. S., & Carter, P. M.


Firearm injuries are a leading cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S., but there is a dearth of federal funding for research on firearm injury prevention, compared to funding for research on other injuries and diseases. University research centers/institutes (C/Is) are in a position to help generate such research: they are multidisciplinary, have the capacity to conduct large-scale research projects, and commonly address complex health and social problems. In this article, we trace the history of research on firearm injury prevention, describe the different kinds of C/Is and C/I networks that have been developed to build knowledge in other areas of critical social concern, and argue for the development of a national coordinated network of firearm injury prevention C/Is.