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University of Alabama at Birmingham  

The (UAB) CIREN Center is within UAB University Hospital, the only American College of Surgeons’ Verified Level I trauma center in the state. The trauma center evaluates over 3000 patients annually from a seven county primary catchment area and also serves as a referral center for the severely injured throughout the state of Alabama, Mississippi and the panhandle of Florida. The UAB CIREN team is led by Dr. Donald Reiff and boasts a unique collaboration with Dr. Gerald McGwin, an epidemiologist with extensive expertise in injury epidemiology. The research interests of the team focus on side-impact airbags, pelvic fractures, injured elderly motor vehicle occupants and the epidemiological and statistical methodology as it relates to motor vehicle research. 


Griffin R, Huisingh C, McGwin G Jr, Reiff D. Association between side-impact airbag deployment and risk of injury: A matched cohort study using the CIREN and the NASS-CDS. Journal of Trauma Acute Care Surgery. 2012 Oct;73(4):914-8. doi: 10.1097/

Patel V, Griffin R, Eberhardt AW, McGwin G Jr. The association between knee airbag deployment and knee-thigh-hip fracture injury risk in motor vehicle collisions: A matched cohort study. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 2012 Aug 9.

McGwin G, Reiff DA, Rue LW. "Differences in the incidence and etiology of blunt thoracic aortic injury in motor vehicle collisions by age." Journal of Trauma, 2002; 52: 859-66.

Moran SG, McGwin G, Metzger J, Windham ST, Reiff DA, Rue LW. "Injury rates among restrained drivers in motor vehicle collisions – The role of body habitus." Journal of Trauma, 2002; 52: 1116-20.

Owsley C, Sloane M, McGwin G, Ball K, Timed instrumental activities of daily living (TIADL) tasks: relationship to cognitive function and everyday performance assessments in older adults, Gerontology, 2002; 48: 254-265.
Valent F, McGwin G, Hardin W, Johnson C, Rue LW. Restraint use and injury patterns among children involved in motor vehicle collisions, Journal of Trauma, 2002, 52(4): 745-51.

McGwin G, Reiff DA, Rue LW. "The association between body mass index, restraint use, and fatality in motor vehicle collisions." 45th Annual Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2001.