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Funded with a $4 million Department of Defense grant, the Multi-Institutional Multidisciplinary Injury Mortality Investigation in the Civilian Pre-Hospital Environment (MIMIC)–a study proposed by the Coalition for National Trauma Research–is now underway. Through a review of some 3,000 pre-hospital deaths in six diverse states, the study aims to determine survivability by mechanism of injury as well as appropriateness of EMS response and care delivered.

Brian J. Eastridge, MD, Clinical Professor of Surgery at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and a Colonel in the U.S. Army, is the principal investigator for the MIMIC project. During his active duty service, Dr. Eastridge was the Trauma Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General and co-developer and Director of the Joint Trauma System. His work analyzing causes of combat death, published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in 2012, determined that 25 percent of those casualties had injuries that were potentially survivable. The MIMIC grant enables a comparable analysis of civilian death.

In partnership with the National Association of Medical Examiners, MIMIC engages more than 60 clinicians on case reviews and with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on data analysis.

CNTR includes the country’s five leading trauma organizations: AAST, NTI, EAST, ACS-COT, and WTA. In coalition, these organizations seek consistent and significant federal funding for trauma research, build trauma research infrastructure, and advocate for a centralized research agenda to prioritize work in the discipline. Visit for more information.