Together with the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (COT), and Western Trauma Association (WTA), the National Trauma Institute (NTI) launched the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) in September 2014. CNTR believes that a robust research infrastructure is long over-due, pointing to a 40-year history of federally acknowledged research funding inadequacies.

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CNTR seeks consistent and significant funding for studies that increase an understanding of the mechanisms of traumatic injury and inform clinical practice. In addition, the coalition advocates for a centralized research agenda to prioritize work in the discipline, and for federal support of a robust trauma research infrastructure – including a National Trauma Research Repository and a Trauma Clinical Trials Network.

As a coalition, these five leading trauma-related organizations represent more than 8,000 professionals in surgical and emergency medicine fields and settings. Additional organizations, representing thousands of other emergency medical personnel, support CNTR’s call for sustained trauma research funding, including emergency physicians and nurses, neurological surgeons, emergency medical technicians, trauma center personnel and others.

CNTR makes its case for national trauma research funding through every potential avenue for funding that exists in Washington, including the White House, the Department of Defense, Congressional Appropriations Committees and the National Institutes of Health.

Download the Coalition for National Trauma Research fact sheet.

"What this country’s trauma surgeons do every day to save the lives of injured civilians and soldiers is nothing short of miraculous. But traumatic injury still cuts far too many lives short and leaves too many disabled. We need a greater investment in trauma research in order to give our surgeons the knowledge and tools they need to improve outcomes for the injured."

Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) U.S. House of Representatives