NTI takes on the role of coordinating center because trauma research is notoriously difficult to conduct and manage. The emergency environment demands rapid intervention and informed consent is almost impossible to obtain.
What’s more, research funding for clinical trauma studies is scarce. With no Trauma Institute at the National Institutes of Health, researchers must seek support from disparate sources including the Department of Defense and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The result is funding that is inconsistent, inadequate and short-term, and often not in alignment with the most pressing gaps in surgical knowledge.