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Colorado Awarded Injury and Violence Student Paper Prize

Two University of Colorado students were awarded the inaugural Injury and Violence Student Paper Prize in October. Mr. Dustin Currie, a doctoral student in epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health, and Mr. William Brandenburg, a medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, were chosen as winners of the paper prize.

The paper prize, sponsored by the Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER), was created to recognize students from the Mountain West region who are conducting important research in the injury field and to stimulate interest in injury and violence research. PIPER is a collaborative initiative of the Colorado School of Public Health, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Mr. Dustin Currie’s winning submission, “Epidemiology of Cheerleading Injuries in United States High Schools from 2009/10 through 2013/14,” described high school cheerleading injury epidemiology, and compared injuries by exposure type and relative to other sports was noted by reviewers for its ability to make national estimates from a large database. It was written in collaboration with his mentor, Dr. Dawn Comstock, faculty member in the department of epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health. Mr. Currie has worked in injury epidemiology for four years, first with the Colorado Injury Control Research Center (CICRC) and currently with the Program in Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER).  In addition, he works in program evaluation for the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office, a non-profit implementing a nurse home visiting program to first time, low-income moms. He completed his MPH at the Colorado School of Public Health and is currently a second-year PhD student in epidemiology.  His research interests include pediatric injury in general, with an emphasis on concussions.

William Brandenburg’s winning paper, “Medical Knowledge and Preparedness of Climbers of Colorado’s Fourteen Thousand Foot Peaks,” applauded by judges for its innovation, used data collected in interviews with climbers of Colorado fourteeners to assess their levels of preparedness for climbs. His work was done in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Davis, department of emergency medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Mr. Brandenburg is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Colorado going into Emergency Medicine. He attended Regis University and has worked in immunology research, wilderness first aid, and climbing and mountaineering. He is also an emergency medical Technician and holds a private pilot’s license.

Each paper prize winner receives a plaque and a $250 award. The next annual paper prize competition will be held in the Spring of 2016. More information can be found on the PIPER website.