UAB joins national emergency trials network

UAB will participate in the National Institutes of Health SIREN Network, a series of clinical trials for out-of-hospital medical emergencies.
Written by: Anna Waters
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er 2017The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Surgery within the School of Medicine has joined the National Institutes of Health SIREN network. SIREN, short for Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials Network, will coordinate and lead high-quality, multisite clinical trials to improve outcomes for patients who experience neurologic, cardiac, respiratory, hematologic and trauma emergency events.

UAB is a sub-hub of the Oregon Health and Science University site, and will be participating as a site in a study of the use of hyperbaric oxygen following brain injury.The Division of Acute Care Surgery’s Jeffrey Kerby, M.D., Ph.D., is the local principal investigator. Mark Harrigan, M.D., from the UAB Department of Neurosurgery, as well as Dag Shapshack, M.D., and Michael Kurz, M.D., from the UAB Department of Emergency Medicine, will also serve as local investigators in the trial.