The US Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group is funded to engage the relevant scientific communities and federal agencies to jointly advocate for clinical research. An inclusive, nationwide network of experts has been created to establish national priorities and pursue a strategic plan in conjunction with professional societies and existing research networks. Investigator-initiated clinical proposals will be presented and discussed at the inaugural National Institutes of Health meeting to promote collaboration and establish working groups to develop projects and core resources. Future US Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group meetings will convene triannually, providing a venue to gauge progress on strategic deliverables, foster development of the clinical projects, discuss education and training in clinical trial design, and address the ethical, legal, and social implications of research in the critically ill or injured patients.
Center for Critical Illness and Health Engineering (J.P.C.), Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri; Department of Emergency Medicine (C.B.C.), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Departments of Surgery (E.B.) and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (D.A.S.), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics (H.R.W.), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio; Department of Medicine (P.E.P.), Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont; Departments of Critical Care Medicine, Medicine and Health Policy and Management (D.C.A.), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Department of Emergency Medicine (N.T.G.), Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Department of Surgery (D.B.H.), University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California; Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care (J.P.W.-K.), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; and Department of Surgery (J.S.U.), Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.
Submitted for publication December 31, 2008.
Accepted for publication April 1, 2009.
Supported by the NIHU13GM083407 US Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group (USCIITG).
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