More than 75 people filled the SMC Campus Center with pride, reminiscence, and history as they marked the 25th anniversary of The Charles “McC” Mathias, Jr., National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Services (NSC). The global, life-altering advances in injury prevention research that have been produced here in Baltimore emanated throughout the kick-off of what is to be a year-long celebration, “25 Years of Research: Innovations in Injury Prevention”.
The Monday, November 21, 2011 event was attended by past and present NSC researchers and staff from the STAR-ORC and Program in Trauma, along with internal and external colleagues and partners. Special guests included family members of the late Senator Mathias – brother, E. Trail Mathias; son, Robert Mathias; sister, Theresa M. Michel; and nephew Frederick Michel. Three former NSC directors, Drs. Brad Cushing, Colin McKenzie, and Thomas Scalea, also joined in the celebration, highlighting the Center’s remarkable research, providing insights into the early days of the National Study Center and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Jr., shared his recollection of Senator Mathias and Dr. R Adams Cowley.
Approved by President Ronald Reagan and formally signed into law as a U.S. Congressional Joint Resolution, January 21, 1986, the NSC began its journey as the research arm of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (STC) and Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). In its 25 years, the NSC has become a world-class, multi-disciplinary research and educational center focusing on brain injuries, critical care and organ support, resuscitation, surgical outcomes, patient safety, and injury epidemiology and prevention. In 2007 the NSC was designated as part of an organized research center under the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The STAR-ORC serves as the research umbrella for the Department of Anesthesiology and the Program in Trauma.
In addition to sharing some ongoing and future research initiatives, key highlights of the STAR-ORC’s contributions and impact on Baltimore and beyond were shared.
Many of the researchers working in the STAR-ORC are physicians who care for trauma patients at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Through their practices, partnerships and ability to translate research findings to the clinical setting, the STAR-ORC has developed an unparalleled atmosphere rich with the practical and life-saving application of study data. The STAR-ORC is believed to be the first research center in the United States dedicated exclusively to the study of trauma, its complications, and prevention.
Throughout this year of celebration STAR-ORC Director, Dr. Alan I. Faden invites everyone to join as the individuals who have contributed to these efforts take time to share their many accomplishments through a series of educational seminars to be held throughout the year.