East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center have been selected for a national trauma research network for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Linking Investigations in Trauma & Emergency Services (LITES) recruits Level I trauma centers and systems across the United States to contribute to the federal government’s trauma research.

Level I trauma centers are all encompassing facilities that can provide full patient care and treatment.

The LITES network of trauma centers and medical schools focuses on trauma research, as well as clinical trials and treatment, for the Department of Defense.

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Originally published Oct. 19, 2018.