HSRC Director taking part in national program on road safety

News Release

CHAPEL HILL — On March 26, the Public Health Grand Rounds program will tackle the topic of road safety and prevention of traffic related death and injury in its broadcast "On the Road Again: Promoting Safe Travel and the Public's Health." The live broadcast, produced by the UNC School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will air from 2–3 p.m. in Rosenau Auditorium at UNC-Chapel Hill. The broadcast will highlight the city of San Francisco's work to reduce traffic fatalities and their collaboration efforts between the departments of planning, public health, and law enforcement.

Commentary will also be provided by:

  • William Roper, MD, MPH, Dean, School of Medicine, CEO, UNC Health Care System
  • Christine Branche, PhD, Director, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, Director of Traffic Safety Policy, National Office, American Automobile Association
  • Doug Robertson, PhD, PE, Director UNC Highway Safety Research Center
  • Hugh Tilson, MD, DrPH, Clinical Professor School of Public Health

Find more information and register at http://www.PublicHealthGrandRounds.unc.edu. Registration and evaluation allow us to measure the impact of this program and receive funding to offer this series at no cost to the viewer.

This broadcast may be viewed at a satellite downlink site near you or online. If you need assistance in finding a site close to you, please contact us by emailing grand.rounds@sph.unc.edu or phone 919.843.9261. Remember! Your nearest site facilitator may need a request from you before registering a viewing site for the broadcast.

Continuing education credit for various health professions will be offered based on one hour of instruction.

About the Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC)

The Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) at UNC conducts interdisciplinary research aimed at reducing deaths, injuries, and related societal costs of roadway crashes. Research examines motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian crashes, taking into account human, vehicular, roadway and environmental factors. The HSRC strives to translate its research knowledge into practical interventions and programs that can be applied at local, state, national, and international levels. HSRC 's team of established researchers and dedicated staff has shaped the field of transportation safety since 1965, conducting more 40 research projects annually. Center researchers are continually investigating issues that may affect future legislation and policies, including: driver distraction, Graduated Driver Licensing, the role of alcohol in crashes, elderly driving issues, occupant restraint use, roadway design, commercial vehicle safety and enforcement, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety.

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