Center for Pediatric Trauma Research
Established in 2013, the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital conducts research to achieve best outcomes for pediatric trauma patients.
Using a multidisciplinary approach, researchers in the center lead innovative projects to assess pre-hospital emergency medical service, acute medical and surgical management, rehabilitation, and family and community services that impact the short and long-term outcomes of injured patients.
The center is a leader in translating cutting-edge research findings to help patients, families, policy makers and clinicians make informed decisions.
Center for Pediatric Trauma Research Vision and Mission
To lead evidence-based trauma care and policy research to achieve the best outcomes for pediatric trauma patients.
Research: Conduct high quality research to address significant problems at every stage of pediatric trauma care from pre-hospital emergency medical services through acute care, rehabilitation, and reintegration into the community.
Policy: Contribute to state and national efforts to assess and improve regional trauma care systems.
Workforce Development: Provide trauma-related research training and mentoring for nurses, researchers, medical and graduate students, residents and fellows, and junior faculty members.
Partnership: Collaborate with pediatric trauma care professionals, researchers, and educators around the world to promote excellence in pediatric trauma research, trauma care, and education.
Ongoing Research Projects
|Gary Smith, MD, DrPH||Injury Control Research Center (ICRC)||CDC/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control||2012 - 2024|
|Julie Leonard, MD, MPH||Development and Testing of a Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Risk Assessment Tool||NIH||2018 - 2023|
|Rebecca Jackson, MD||The OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science: Advancing Today's Discoveries to Improve Health||NIH/National Center for Advancing Translation Science||2018 - 2023|
|Ginger Yang, PhD, MPH||Intervention to Improve Driving Practices Among High-Risk Teen Drivers||NIH/NICHD||2019 - 2025|
|Ginger Yang, PhD, MPH||Longitudinal Assessment of Driving After Mild TBI in Teens||NIH/NICHD||2020 - 2025|
|Ginger Yang, PhD, MPH||Adopting and Implementation of an Evidence-based Safe Driving Program for High Risk Teen Drivers||NIH/NICHD||2020 - 2025|
|Julie Leonard, MD, MPH
||Pediatric Dose Optimization for Seizures in EMS
||2021 - 2026
|Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA||A Randomized Clinical Trial of Smartphone Virtual Reality for Pain Management During Burn Care Transition||Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality||2022 - 2027|
|Jeffrey Bridge, PhD||The Center for Accelerating Suicide Prevention in Real-world Settings (ASPIRES)||NIH/National Institute of Mental Health||2022 - 2027|
|Eric Sribnick, MD, PhD||Reversal of Immunoparalysis Following Traumatic Brain Injury and Systemic Hemorrhage in a Juvenile Rat Model||National Institutes of Health (NINDS)||2022 - 2027|
|Esteban Faith, MD; Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA||Virtual Reality for Pain Management During Repeated Pediatric Laser Procedures||NCH's Intramural Grant||2023 - 2025|
|Jonathan Groner, MD; Bo Lu, PhD; Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA||Poly-Matching Causal Inference for Assessing Multiple Acute Medical Managements of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injuries||NIH/NICHD||2023 - 2027|
Recently Completed Research Projects
|Rajan Thakkar, MD||Burn Immune Study||The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital – Internal Start Up||2015 - 2021|
|Rajan Thakkar, MD||Systemic and Local Immune Function after Pediatric Thermal Injury||National Institute of Health (NIH) - NICHD 5K12HD047349-14 Subaward # 10034012-NWCH University of Utah||2018 - 2022|
|Rajan Thakkar, MD||Systemic and Local Immune Function after Pediatric Thermal Injury||National Institute of Health (NIH) – NIGMS 1K08GM124499-01A1||2018 - 2022|
|Rajan Thakkar, MD||Systemic and Local Immune Function after Pediatric Thermal Injury||National Institute of Health (NIH) – NIGMS- Loan Repayment Program (Renewal)||2019 - 2021|
|Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA||Mobile Phone Virtual Reality Game for Pediatric Home Burn Dressing Pain Management||Ohio Department of Public Safety||2019 - 2020|
|Jennifer Cooper, PhD||Medicaid Expansion on Disparities in Trauma Care and Outcomes in Young Adults||NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities||2019 - 2021|
|Julie Leonard, MD, MPH||PsySTART Rapid Triage of PTSD Risk in Pediatric Injury Patients||NIH||2019 - 2021|
|Julie Leonard, MD, MPH
||The Effect of Emergency Department and After-Emergency Department Analgesic Treatment on Pediatric Long Bone Fracture Outcomes
||2020 - 2021
|Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA
||The Impact of Ohio's Opioid Prescriptions Law on Opioid Use and Outcomes in Pediatric Patients
||Ohio Department of Public Safety – Emergency Medical Services
||2020 - 2021
|Jonathan Groner, MD||Machine Intelligence Evaluation of Trauma Team Activation Criteria in Emergency Medical Services Care of Injured Children||NCH Clinical and Translational Intramural Funding||2020 - 2022|
|Jennifer Lundine, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS; Julie Leonard, MD, MPH||Pilot Study to Develop a Functional Status Score for Children with Acute Neurologic Illness and Injuries||NICHD||2020 - 2022|
|Eric Sribnick, MD, PhD||Immunoparalysis After Hemorrhage and Traumatic Brain Injury: Mechanism and Therapy||Pediatric Trauma Society||2021 - 2022|
|Ginger Yang, PhD, MPH||Assessing Readiness to Transition to Physical Activity Post-Concussion in Youth||Discovery, Theme Initiative, OSU||2021 - 2022|
We Provide Support for All Stages of Trauma-related Research
Examples of Services Provided
- Consultation in design of research
- Selection of appropriate techniques and instruments
- Assistance in preparing grant applications
- Assistance in collecting and analyzing data
- Statistical Support
- Assistance in preparation/editing of manuscripts
- Access to large datasets
- Kids' Inpatient Database (KID): 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2019
- National (Nationwide) Inpatient Sample (NIS): 1988-1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Nationwide Readmissions Database (NRD): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- National Trauma Data Bank Research Dataset (NTDB): 2007-2014
Inside the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research
Meet Our Team
Learn more about director Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA, and his team of principal investigators at the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research.
Education and Training Programs
A wide range of education and training opportunities are available for students and fellows, including the Global Training Program.
2nd Global Symposium of Research Methodology Innovation in Trauma and Emergency Care
Please join us for our 2nd Global Symposium of Research Methodology Innovation in Trauma and Emergency Care on May 22 and May 23, 2024. The Symposium will bring together the world’s leading researchers in the fields of statistics, epidemiology, clinical trials, regional trauma care, emergency medicine, translational and clinical research, data mining, artificial intelligence/machine learning, virtual reality, implementation science, and other emerging technologies to debate, discuss, and share state-of-the-art methods and experiences.