The Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) advocates for a sustained and significant level of federal funding for traumatic injury research and research infrastructure that can save lives. After 50 years of inadequate funding, documented in multiple national reports, the coalition believes it’s time for an investment in a research program that is commensurate with the burden of trauma—a public health challenge that takes more than 190,000 lives and represents an economic burden of $671 Billion each year, according to the latest CDC estimate.
Thus, CNTR’s primary goals are:
- To achieve consistent federal funding for research that increases an understanding of the mechanisms of traumatic injury and informs clinical practice
- To create a centralized national research agenda that establishes priorities and eliminates redundancy
- To build a robust trauma research infrastructure that includes a National Trauma Research Repository and a Trauma Clinical Trials Network
CNTR combines the strengths of all its members, including federal advocacy and communications expertise, substantial investigator communities, trauma systems and measurement competencies, and connections to trauma centers and the survivor community.
CNTR speaks for more than 8,000 professionals in surgical fields and settings who see first-hand the toll that traumatic injury takes on our society and know that we can do better.
Additional organizations, representing thousands of other emergency medical personnel and their specialties, support the coalition in its call for sustained trauma research funding, adding strength and urgency to the message. Supporters include 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.