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Welcome to the WVU Injury Control Research Center

Injury has been called the neglected disease of modern society. Injuries are the leading cause of death for the first four decades of life, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. More than 192,000 individuals in the United States die each year as a result of unintentional injuries and violence, more than 30 million others suffer non-fatal injuries and over one-third of all emergency department visits each year are due to injuries. Most events that result in injury could be prevented if evidence-based public health strategies, practices, and policies were used throughout the nation.

The West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center (WVU ICRC) maintains a specific focus on populations residing in West Virginia, and throughout the surrounding Appalachian region. West Virginia is the only state that lies entirely within Appalachia.