The Trauma Burn Center is a national leader in research advancement. A central philosophy of the center is to develop and disperse new knowledge regarding trauma and burn care. Members of the team (i.e., doctors, nurses, social workers, respiratory care therapists, physical/occupational therapists, etc.) are actively involved in a wide range of multi-disciplinary clinical research. Clinical research focuses on preventing injuries, improving patient care, evaluating current treatment practices, utilizing new products and drugs, developing less invasive and more efficient methods of diagnosing injuries, preventing injury-related complications, developing new technologies, enhancing quality of life, and may also identify methods to help reduce health care costs. Results of clinical research are used as the basis for changes in treatment practices that improve patient care and outcome. Our clinicians disseminate their findings to other health care personnel across the country by presenting at highly respected national conferences and publishing in national/international journals.