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United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials GroupUS Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group

James M. Blum, MD; Peter E. Morris, MD; Greg S. Martin, MD; Michelle N. Gong, MD; Satish Bhagwanjee, MD; Charles B. Cairns, MD; J. Perren Cobb, MD
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From the Department of Anesthesiology (Dr Blum), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; the Department of Medicine (Dr Morris), Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC; the Department of Medicine (Dr Martin), Emory University, Atlanta, GA; the Department of Medicine (Dr Gong), Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, NY; the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (Dr Bhagwanjee), University of Washington, Seattle, WA; the Department of Emergency Medicine (Dr Cairns), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; and the Departments of Anesthesiology and Surgery (Dr Cobb), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Correspondence to: J. Perren Cobb, MD, GRB 444, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114; e-mail: jpcobb@partners.org


Funding/Support: This work was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health [Grants U13 GM083407, U01 HL108712] and the US Department of Health and Human Services [Contract HHSOl 0020 ll00062P].

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Chest. 2013;143(3):808-813. doi:10.1378/chest.12-2287
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The United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials (USCIIT) Group is an inclusive, grassroots “network of networks” with the dual missions of fostering investigator-initiated hypothesis testing and developing recommendations for strategic plans at a national level. The USCIIT Group’s transformational approach enlists multidisciplinary investigative teams across institutions, critical illness and injury professional organizations, federal agencies that fund clinical and translational research, and industry partners. The USCIIT Group is endorsed by all major critical illness and injury professional organizations spanning the specialties of anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, nursing, pediatrics, pharmacy and nutrition, surgery and trauma, and respiratory and physical therapy. Recent successes provide the opportunity to significantly increase the dialogue necessary to advance clinical and translational research on behalf of our community. More than 200 investigators are now involved across > 30 academic and community hospitals. Collectively, USCIIT Group investigators have enrolled > 10,000 patients from academic and community hospitals in studies during the last 3 years. To keep our readership “ahead of the curve,” this article provides a vision for critical illness and injury research based on (1) programmatic organization of large-scale, multicentered collaborative studies and (2) annual strategic planning at a national scale across disciplines and stakeholders.


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