Research Areas - BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Research Areas

Child & Youth

BCIRPU researchers are the principal investigators and leaders of the CIHR-funded multidisciplinary team that has developed a set of national injury indicators for Canadian children and youth, including Indigenous children and youth which reflect and monitor identified injury prevention priorities.

Contact Dr. Ian Pike for details.

Fall Prevention

This stream of research encompasses multidisciplinary teams focused on reducing falls and injuries among older adults in BC. Key projects include: Promoting Active Living (PAL), which develops site-specific fall prevention guidelines for assisted living facilities; the development of the Centre of Excellence for Mobility, Fall and Injury Prevention in Aging (CEMFIA); and Healthy Aging through Fall Prevention among Older Aboriginal People.

Contact Megan Oakey for details.

Motor Vehicle

This stream of research includes multidisciplinary teams that examine the reduction of motor vehicle related injuries. Key projects include: efficacy of GDL; Whiplash and Head Restraints (funded through Auto 21); understanding Older Drivers; and understanding pedestrian injuries.

Contact Fahra Rajabali for details.

Parenting & Long-Term Sequelae

This area of research investigates the relationship between parents and child injury prevention. It encompasses the burden of injury in children, the role of fathers in safeguarding, and risk engagement and protection.

Contact Dr. Mariana Brussoni for details.

Social Marketing

BCIRPU collaborates with The Community Against Preventable Injuries – Preventable, a province-wide, multi-partner social marketing organization raising awareness, transforming attitudes, and ultimately changing behaviours. The goal of this organization and its partners is to significantly reduce the number and severity of preventable injuries in BC.

Contact Dr. Ian Pike for details.

Sport, Recreation & Leisure

This area of research brings together various stakeholders to reduce the burden of sport, recreation and leisure related injuries. Key initiatives include: establishment of the BC Concussion Advisory Network (BC CAN); creation of the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) and Active & Safe Central; examination of Bicyclists’ Injuries and the Cycling Environment (BICE); examination of Winter Sports Injuries; and evaluations of soccer programs and concussion cards.

Contact Dr. Shelina Babul for details.