January 10, 2019–Yesterday, the steering committee of the National Trauma Research Action Plan (NTRAP) project met in Washington, D.C. for its launch. As its first aim, the NTRAP project is assembling 11 panels of experts, who span the continuum of trauma care from prevention and pre-hospital through rehabilitation and long-term outcomes. Over the next two years, the panels will embark on a Delphi process to come to consensus on the trauma research gaps that need to be addressed, creating a comprehensive research action plan for the nation.
Throughout the day, the panel leaders and other steering committee members reviewed initial scope outlines for the work to come, exchanged perspectives, resolved overlap among the groups, and reviewed lists that include more than 400 experienced investigators across disciplines including injury prevention, orthopedics, neurotrauma, pediatric trauma, critical care, acute resuscitation, trauma systems and more. Panel leaders, project co-investigators and other steering committee members include Col. Jeff Bailey, MD; Andrew Bernard, MD; Karen Brasel, MD; Eileen Bulger, MD; William Cioffi, MD; Christine Cocanour, MD; Zara Cooper, MD; Todd Costantini, MD; Martin Croce, MD; James Ficke, MD; Nicole Gibran, MD; Jonathan Groner, MD; Adil Haider, MD; Bellal Joseph, MD; Jerry Jurkovich, MD; Rosemary Kozar, MD; Ellen MacKenzie, MD; Avery Nathens, MD; Michelle Price, PhD; Deborah Stein, MD; Ronald Stewart, MD; and Alex Valadka, MD.
“I’m very pleased with what we were able to accomplish during our initial meeting,” said Dr. Eileen Bulger, MD, the NTRAP project’s principal investigator, and an NTI and Coalition for National Trauma Research board member. The first consensus panel–considering Long-term Outcomes, led by Adil Haider, MD, begins work this month. A project of the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR), NTRAP received funding from the Department of Defense through a contract with the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC).