The Department of Emergency Medicine is actively involved in conducting and promoting Emergency Medicine research. This involves a number of ongoing research projects from areas of trauma and injury prevention, suicide and self harm, toxicology, chest pain evaluation and infectious diseases.
The Department also collaborates with international partners who are experts in the field of trauma research. These collaborations aim to develop a capacity for research and training with a goal to establishing a Center for Injury and Trauma Research and Training at AKU.
The Emergency Medicine Department is the recipient of the Fogarty International Center, National Institute of Health award for Research Training in Injuries and Trauma. The grant is in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University and offers training to junior faculty and fellows in various aspects of injury and trauma research. Four faculty members were the recipient of this collaborative training. So far research on national trauma systems, deliberate self harm, trauma registry and poisoning has been covered by this grant.
The Department is also serving as the International Secretariat for the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) since 2008. This network is a partnership of hundreds of individuals as well as organisations to facilitate research on road traffic injuries in low and middle income countries.
Emergency Medicine Research Group
A departmental Research Group was recently formed with the view to coordinate and facilitate the conduct and dissemination of the various research projects under way.