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Nature publishes profile of Garen Wintemute

Posted May 1, 2013

Dr. Garen Wintemute and emergency room nurse
Garen Wintemute is an emergency medicine physician and one of the nation's leading authorities on injury epidemiology and gun violence prevention research.

Nature, which ranks 11th among the world's leading peer-reviewed journals for disseminating high-impact scientific research, published a profile of Garen Wintemute and his unique body of research on gun violence prevention.

He is one of the nation's leading authorities on injury epidemiology and gun violence prevention research.

Wintemute is a professor of emergency medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine and founding director of the Violence Prevention Research Program. He also is the inaugural Susan P. Baker-Stephen P. Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at UC Davis.

The article, entitled "The Gun Fighter," highlights Wintemute's key research findings and demonstrates his dedication to the field of gun violence prevention. He began conducting this work 30 years ago and has persevered despite significant challenges, including the nearly complete absence of federal funding for research on firearm violence.

Wintemute's in-depth studies have generated hard, scientific data that have made clear connections between factors that increase gun violence and effective risk-reduction measures.

Learn more about the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

From his early work, which identified and eliminated similarities between real guns and toy guns to prevent accidental deaths in children, to his more current focus on eliminating the sourcesof guns used disproportionately in crime, Wintemute is one of the few investigators in the nation focused on gun violence as a public-health problem.

"Everything that was true of firearm violence in the early 1980s is still true today," Wintemute said in the article. "There is a fundamental injustice in violence. People don't ask for it; it comes to them."