NEWS | November 15, 2018

Public health researcher honored for pediatric head trauma study


Miriam Nuño, associate professor of biostatistics with the Department of Public Health Sciences, was recognized last week with the Joseph J. Tepas, M.D., Award at the Pediatric Trauma Society annual meeting in Houston for her presentation on “Age-Related Mortality in Abusive Head Trauma.”

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Findings from Nuño's study showed that children age 2 to 4 with abusive head trauma experience a 21.6 percent in-hospital mortality, compared to 10.4 percent for children under age 2.

“Infants are typically considered most at risk of death from injuries due to abusive head trauma, however there is a significantly higher risk of death among toddlers,” Nuño said. “There definitely is a need for greater vigilance in improving early diagnosis and prevention outreach for this older age group.”

Nuño’s research unites surgeons, child abuse specialists, epidemiologists and statisticians in identifying critical aspects of abusive head trauma, the leading cause of physical abuse deaths in children under age 5. Her overall goal is to improve outcomes for children.

The Tepas award is named for a University of Florida surgeon who exemplifies excellence in pediatric trauma care.

The Pediatric Trauma Society improves care for injured children through education, research and national guidelines.

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