HIPRC News -- August 2019
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Two major funding awards expand injury prevention research


$4.2 million federal grant will expand regional impact

University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center at Harborview Medical Center has been awarded a $4.2 million grant to study and promote injury prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in July.
With the award, HIPRC also becomes one of nine CDC-funded Injury Control Research Centers nationally and the only such designated center on the West Coast. The five-year grant will significantly support HIPRC’s efforts to research injury control and prevention, educate the next generation of injury control specialists, and translate findings into policies, programs, and public outreach. Monica Vavilala, M.D., pictured right, is the director of HIPRC. 
Read more about the CDC grant award from the press release, which also ran in the UW Medicine Newsroom.

Washington state funds program to research firearm injury and policy

A new program at UW Medicine’s Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) seeks to answer urgent questions around firearm risks, injuries, policies and programs in Washington state.

Washington state has awarded $1 million to the University of Washington School of Medicine for the formation of the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program, HIPRC announced on July 26 with Sen. David Frockt. The program will be led by experienced firearm researchers (pictured from left) Dr. Fred Rivara, program director, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, and Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, program co-director, the UW Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health and adjunct associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Read more about the FIPRP announcement on the blog and in coverage by The Seattle Times.

2019 INSIGHT Research Symposium builds foundation for injury researchers

Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center’s 2019 INSIGHT Symposium highlights intern research projects focused on building skills and experience studying injury, with this year’s topics focusing on opioid use, suicide prevention, medical education, burn patient experiences, traumatic brain injury, and much more. Read a recap of the symposium on the HIPRC blog.

HIPRC is grateful to the four judges who evaluated posters: Kenneth Jaffe, M.D., Brian Johnston, M.D., MPH, Sheila Lukehart, Ph.D., and Anneliese Schleyer, M.D., MHA, as well as the members and affiliates who served as mentors: Elina Quiroga, M.D., MPH, Elizabeth Rosenman, M.D., Tam Pham, M.D., Rebecca Dale, DO, Judith Hagedorn, M.D., MHS, Lynn Stansbury, M.D., MPH, MFA, FACP, Janessa Graves, Ph.D., MPH, Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW, Molly Fuentes, M.D., M.S., Monica Vavilala, M.D., Thomas Rea, M.D., MPH, Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., Dustin Long, M.D., Mary Fan, J.D., MPhil, Christopher DeCou, Ph.D., Vivian Lyons, Ph.Dc, MPH, Yewlin Chee, M.D., Elenore Bhatraju, M.D., MPH, Judith Tsui, M.D., MPH, and William Lack, M.D.

INSIGHT is directed by Monica Vavilala, M.D., and co-directed by Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW. Smita Stepanova Pednekar, MSW, is the INSIGHT program supervisor, and the high school program was led by Kelsey Conrick, MPH. The INSIGHT Research Program is funded in part by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), as well as support from UW Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, HIPRC, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Amherst College and PEMCO Insurance.

HIPRC trainee awarded grant to study firearm suicide after incarceration

University of Washington epidemiology doctoral student Erin Morgan, a Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center trainee, has been awarded a one-year, $25,000 grant by the National Collaborative for Gun Violence Research to investigate the relationship between crime perpetration and subsequent firearm suicide in Washington state.

Read more about the firearm research grant on the blog.

Trauma conference to feature HIPRC speakers

The annual EMS & Trauma Conference by Harborview Medical Center and Airlift Northwest will feature a number of HIPRC affiliates speaking on topics ranging from opioid use, triage and screening among pediatric patients, and burn resuscitation, among others. The conference is Sept. 23-24 in Seattle, and conference registration is open, with early bird registration through Aug. 16.
Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, serves as one of the course directors, and presenters at the conference also include Injury Care section lead Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, FACS, Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., MPH, core member Lauren Whiteside, M.D., M.S.; associate members Mary King, M.D., MPH, Kathleen O’Connell, M.D., MPH, Thomas Rea, M.D., MPH, Bryce Robinson, M.D., M.S., FACS; and postdoctoral fellow Elissa Butler, M.D., and doctoral candidate Vivian Lyons, MPH.

Conference set for World Suicide Prevention Day

Presented by Forefront Suicide Prevention and co-sponsored by Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center and other partners, this one-day conference will focus on practical, evidence-based strategies for suicide prevention in behavioral health, higher education, and school-based settings, including workshops on safety planning, caring contacts, and other topics.

World Suicide Prevention Day Conference
Sept. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University of Washington - Kane Hall
Cost $50, includes meals

Event Calendar

Aug. 14, (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: "Frailty and Opportunistic Imaging" with May Reed, M.D., FACP, and Itay Bentov, M.D., Ph.D. Location: Harborview Medical Center, NJB Room 310

Aug. 21, (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: "Masseter ultrasound as a measure of frailty in trauma" with Itay Bentov, M.D., Ph.D.

Sept. 6, (Friday) 1-2 p.m. PST:  Journal Club – Injury Care with Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH

Save the Date:

Sept. 10, (Tuesday): World Suicide Prevention Day Conference, Kane Hall, University of Washington Campus

Sept. 23-14, (Monday-Tuesday): UW Medicine EMS & Trauma Conference, Seattle

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices. Remote options are available for some events - contact for details.

View the full calendar. 

Trainee earns travel award for traumatic brain injury project

HIPRC trainee Jen-Ting Yang, M.D., Ph.D., has been earned a travel award from the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care for his abstract “PaCO2 - EtCO2 Agreement and Associated Factors in Children Hospitalized with Traumatic Brain Injury.” His work will be recognized at the SNACC 47th Annual Meeting on Sept. 14 in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more about the meeting at the SNACC website.

In the News
  • Core member and pediatrician Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., MPH, explained the dangers of vape products, particularly for teens and children, in an opinion column published by The Seattle Times as well as in an interview with the UW Medicine Newsroom, which was quoted in KXLY Radio. In a story on electric scooters, she was also quoted on the importance of wearing a helmet while using electric scooters by CNet.
  • Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discussed the current statistics on electric scooter injuries, particularly when taking helmet use into account, with KIRO.
  • Associate member Brian Johnston, M.D., MPH, talked teen driving safety RadioMD’s Healthy Children podcast.

Funding Opportunities

Travel Funding to D&I Conference or TIDIRH

The Global Health Implementation Science Program is offering financial support to up to six faculty and students to increase UW’s presence in the global health section of the D&I Conference. If your abstract gets accepted by the D&I Conference or you get accepted to participate in TIDIRH, apply for support by contacting Elspeth Nolen (

Other Opportunities 

Research Symposium: Preventing Firearm Injuries among Children and Teens: The State of the Science
Oct. 21, 2019, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
University of Michigan
Abstract Deadline: Aug. 15, 2019

The Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) consortium has organized an inaugural research symposium featuring national experts to bring attention and focus to the current science and evidence-based solutions on a critical and growing public health issue: prevention of firearm injury in children and teens.

Webinar: How to Search, Communicate, and Disseminate Your Research
Aug. 21, 2019, 2-3 p.m. ET

This introductory seminar explores effective search, communication, and dissemination strategies and provides an overview of resources publicly available through the National Library of Medicine for public health and health services and policy researchers to use in their work. 

Call for Papers: Suicide: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Manuscript Submission Deadline: Aug. 31, 2019

This Special Issue is open to any subject area related to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. We strongly encourage submissions that demonstrate collaborative practices, with people with lived experience of suicide, service providers, and researchers.

Job Opportunity: Tenured Associate Professor at Boston University School of Social Work
Application Deadline Nov. 1, 2019

The BUSSW currently invites applications from midcareer academics with a commitment to research, scholarship and teaching in the field of community violence prevention and intervention in the U.S. and/or globally (e.g., neighborhood safety, gun-related violence, youth violence, suicide, child abuse, intimate partner violence, community mental health & trauma interventions) to join our faculty beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year as part of the School’s efforts to deepen its commitment to addressing this societal issue. Applicants’ research and scholarship may focus on exploring the causes and consequences of violence, developing and evaluating innovative community interventions, examining the role of social institutions/ systems (e.g., health, education, criminal justice, politics) in addressing violence, or other substantive contributions to the field.
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