Injuries Social Aetiology and Consequences (ISAC) – Lucie Laflamme's research group

Injuries rank high as a cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide with an estimated 4.8 million people dying each year as a result of injuries. Another 973 million persons sustain injuries that require healthcare assistance of some kind. Our vision is to make a significant and original scientific contribution to injury studies and ultimately social equity in health, poverty reduction and safe development through evidence-based injury prevention and control.

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International collaborations



  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Emergency Medicine Department, Muhimbili University, Tanzania
  • School of Medicine Department, Muhimbili University, Tanzania
  • Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Faculty of Medicine, Maputo, Mozambique

Other partners

  • Egendale Hospital, South Africa
  • Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, South Africa
  • The Medical Research Council of South Africa (MRC), South Africa
  • Tygerberg Hospital, South Africa



  • Helsinki University, Finland
  • University College London, Institute of Global Health, UK

Other partners

  • National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
  • The Swedish Transport Agency, Sweden
  • The Spinalis Foundation, Sweden

North America


  • John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA


  • Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB),
  • Diabetic Association of Bangladesh


Doctoral theses



Constance Boissin. Thesis: Diagnostic assistance to improve acute burn referral and triage: assessment of routine clinical tools at specialised burn centres and potential for digital health development at point of care


Anders Klingberg. Thesis: Mobile teleconsultations in acute burn care : acceptance and user-experience among emergency care providers in resource-poor settings


Lisa Blom. Thesis: mHealth for image-based diagnostics of acute burns in resource-poor settings : studies on the role of experts and the accuracy of their assessments


Helle Mölsted Alvesson. Thesis: Vulnerability In Illness: Household Healthcare-Seeking Processes During Maternal And Child Illness In Rural Lao PDR




Master theses

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Master in Public Health Sciences

  • 2021 Emma Lindholm, The effect of the South African response to the COVID-19 pandemic on the out-of-hospital injury care in Western Cape Province of South Africa 
  • 2021 Blaise Ntacyabukura, Effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the 12-month vaccination in Canada: A time-series analysis of CANImmunize records  
  • 2021 Aurégan Le gal, Investigating sexual violence against children and related injuries in hospital care. A cross-sectional study in Maputo, Mozambique 
  • 2021, Aleksandra Pettke, Pandemic restrictions and injuries. A study of emergency medical services in The Western Cape, South Africa
  • 2020, Rebecca Tafesse Bogale, Predicting trauma related in-hospital mortality in a low income setting: Kampala trauma score versus Revised trauma score. A Hospital Based Trauma registry study in rural Ethiopia
  • 2015, Yingtong Ding, Demographic and geographic patterns of road traffic injury deaths in Jiangsu Province, China
  • 2013, Venus Hailemichael Hailesilassie, Mandatory course for private driver training and change in road traffic crash morbidity and mortality among young drivers. A before and after study in Sweden 1998-2009

Qualified Degree of Master students – Global health

  • 2015, Iona Crumley, Remote Expert Diagnosis in Trauma and Emergency Medicine. Understanding Perspectives from the Tele-Experts in a Resource Constrained Setting, with Regards to Acute Burn Care
  • 2014, Constance Boissin, Validity of experts’ evaluation of burn injuries using pictures taken from a camera phone
  • 2013, Anders Klingberg, Pediatric burn injuries in urban and rural Western Cape

Theses medical students

  • 2015, Emil Kronbald-Karlsson, Guideline compliance of burn referrals of children below the age of 5 in a low/middle income setting. A study in the Western Cape Province, South Africa
  • 2015, Tim Stenberg, Compliance with referral guidelines and referral pattern of burns in a pediatric trauma unit in the Western Cape, South Africa
  • 2013, Henrik Hallén, The socio-demographic distribution of burn injuries of different severity levels in resource poor settings. A hospital-based study in the Western Cape Province, South Africa
  • 2013, Rimy Mosa, Immunosuppressive comorbidities and short-term recovery of patients with burn injury in resource poor settings. A hospital-based register study in the Western Cape Region, South Africa
  • 2013, Sazia Rahman, mobileHealth in emergency care; Acceptance and attitudes of South African physicians and nurses regarding mHealth in burn injury care
  • 2013, Pontus Olsson, Clinical and demographic characteristics of patients with burn injuries and the treatment given during transportation by ambulance in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2012, Bahira Shahim, Injuries among children in Oman