AAAM would like to thank the conference attendees, sponsors, members and leadership making the 59th Annual Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine Conference on October 3-7, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA a great success. We look forward to seeing you next year for the 60th Annual Conference on September 17-21, 2016 in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
To the Reader of Our Conference Special Issue: Traffic Injury Prevention
For nearly 60 years, the members of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) have been actively working to improve safety on roads worldwide. This the second year we have partnered with Traffic Injury Prevention as the archival publisher of the papers, short communications and poster abstracts from our annual conference. By this partnership, we offer an attractive venue to those who desire to publish in a prestigious journal, with the added benefit of international distribution of research findings presented at the AAAM meeting.
This international distribution capability has come at a critical time for automotive safety. In the developed world, mortality and morbidity on our roads is at an all-time low, due in part to vehicle engineering, improved highway design, and safer driver behavior. Yet the proliferation of the automobile into low- and middle-income countries presents both the opportunity for enhanced mobility to the citizens of those countries, and the threat of revisiting the devastating casualty rates of days past in the highly motorized countries. This epidemic which is now starting to take hold in low to middle income countries has been recognized by the United Nations through the “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020” and these developing countries rely on our research publications and data to improve road safety for their citizens. That is why our research has a large societal impact and the findings of this special issue must be conveyed to government, industry and academia in countries with expanding motorization rates. Our hope is that we will all work together to mitigate the international pandemic of road traffic injury that threatens the human family.
Speaking of families, this year we focus on those most precious to us, with two sessions devoted exclusively to preventing automotive injuries to children and youth. Topics in these special sessions range from LATCH (a means to attach child restraints to the vehicle) to Teen Drivers. Other topics that pertain to all ages include the prospects of advanced seat belt technology such as load limiters, crash avoidance systems such as lane departure and forward collision warning, the emergence of lumbar fractures as an injury of concern in the modern fleet, driver behavior in vehicle maneuvers and immediately before crashes, and exciting new research on laboratory rollover collisions.
Matthew R. Maltese, Ph.D.
Mark Sochor, M.D.