Jess Kraus Award

jess karusThe Jess Kraus Award is given each year to the author(s) of the best paper published in Injury Epidemiology, selected by the editorial board according to novelty, simplicity, clarity and potential impact on population health. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and is invited by the editorial office to present a special seminar at Columbia University.

Dr. Kraus is Professor Emeritus, Department of Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is an MPH graduate from the Univ. Calif. Berkeley and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1967. Following two years with the Public Health Service Division of Accident Prevention he joined the faculty of the University of California, first on the Davis, California campus for 12 years then the UCLA campus for 27 years.

His research encompassed all areas of human injury including suicide, homicide, and unintentional injury. He has published over 250 articles on injury. The last 20 years of his career were focused on trauma epidemiology especially brain injury. He developed and then secured funding for one of the 10 US Centers of Excellence in Injury Prevention with the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center which he directed until his retirement. He is currently a consultant with the Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California.


2016's Recipient
Assaults against U.S. law enforcement officers in the line-of-duty: situational context and predictors of lethality
Crifasi CK, Pollack KM and Webster DW
Injury Epidemiology 2016 3:29.

2015's Recipient
Children and unintentional firearm death
Hemenway D, Solnick SJ
Injury Epidemiology 2015, 2:26.

2014's Recipient
Explaining geographic patterns of suicide in the US: the role of firearms and antidepressants
Opoliner A, Azrael D, Barber C, Fitzmaurice G, Miller M
Injury Epidemiology 2014, 1:6.