Comer Children's doctor, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin call for federal research funding into gun violence

Dr. Catherine Humikowski joined U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at a press conference Janunary 14 as he continued to push for federal funding for research into the causes and implications of gun violence.

Humikowski, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago and medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at its Comer Children's Hospital, wrote a moving editorial in the Chicago Tribune this fall. In it, she shared observations on the devastating impact of gun violence through the eyes of a physician in the South Side's only pediatric level 1 trauma center.

"Unlike other diseases we commonly treat in the intensive care unit where I work, this affliction has no cure," said Humikowski. "We have a public responsibility to keep our children healthy and safe. We can't do this if we don't understand how. It's time to resume real research so that we can work toward a cure."

Humikowski has received tremendous response from residents, health care providers and public officials from the essay since it was published in October.