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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

U-M International Center for Automotive Medicine enters new era

University of Michigan
June 7, 2011

The University of Michigan International Center for Automotive medicine this week marked the beginning of new capabilities and new collaborative research combining trauma medicine, state-of-the-art computer analysis and automotive engineering.

In remarks before a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 6, James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., dean of the U-M Medical School and Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine, praised the “incredible community of experts” from across many disciplines who have been working together toward a single purpose – to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes.

The center’s founder and director Stewart Wang, M.D., Ph.D., has been holding monthly crash reviews for automotive engineers and medical professionals since 1998. But the event marks the location of new ICAM facilities in close proximity to additional training and research resources at the U-M Medical School and hospital campus.

“In our many years of research, here’s what we know is important,” says Wang, who is also director of the U-M Burn Center. “The vehicle is important. The restraints are important. But the occupant is the most important.

“Our mission is to better understand, treat and prevent crash injuries. And to really understand injuries requires doctors and engineers working together in equal partnership,” he adds.


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