Ruppersberger Secures $1.9 Million for Data Project Benefiting Maryland Trauma Centers
(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced $1.9 million for a data project benefitting Maryland trauma centers and its patients within legislation advancing through the U.S. House of Representatives. The funding was included in the Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022, which was passed by the House Appropriations Committee today in a 33 to 23 vote and now heads to the full House for consideration.
Congressman Ruppersberger requested the funding for the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) to create a repository of data from research studies for use by trauma centers such as the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Coalition will be able to curate and upload some 30,000 datapoints from 64 different military and civilian trauma studies into the repository.
“This funding will create a virtual treasure trove of data that can be used by physicians and scientists to advance life-saving trauma research not only here in Maryland, but across the country,” said Congressman Ruppersberger, who is a Defense Appropriator. “Researchers will be able to get the most out of existing studies, helping to prevent deaths and improving outcomes for the more that 2.4 million Americans severely injured every year.”
The National Trauma Research Repository was built with the support of the Department of Defense with a vision of a single, central repository to house data from federally-funded trauma clinical trials. This funding is necessary to achieve this vision by providing the support to populate the database.
In Maryland, as in all states, injury is one of the most significant contributors to preventable death—including from motor vehicle crashes, falls, firearms, home fires and more. The cost to Maryland’s citizens amounts to more than $1.13 billion in hospital and emergency department charges annually.
The project is one of nine Community Project Funding Requests submitted by Congressman Ruppersberger in the 12 various appropriations bills for 2022. It is among 2,887 projects submitted by all members of the House of Representatives, only some of which will be approved.
Two surgeons from Shock Trauma and Johns Hopkins submitted letters of support, along with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. CNTR’s member organizations include nearly 157,000 medical professionals including trauma surgeons, burn specialists, orthopedic and neurological surgeons; emergency physicians, trauma nurses and EMS providers; geriatric and rehabilitation specialists; and survivor and patient support communities.
The $706 billion Defense appropriations bill funds agencies and programs in the Department of Defense including the National Security Agency, U.S. Military Academies and military services. The bill also funds intelligence efforts outside of the Pentagon at organizations like the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency. A summary can be found here.