HIPRC News and Notes -- April 2018
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Seattle leaders propose gun violence prevention measures

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center faculty are adding their voices to the conversation around gun violence prevention measures in Seattle, including a number of recent proposals by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Council Member Lorena González.

At a press conference at Harborview Medical Center on March 21, Durkan announced three gun violence prevention proposals, including safe firearm storage requirements, investment into studies on supporting gun violence survivors at University of Washington and HIPRC, and building awareness of Seattle’s Extreme Risk Protection Orders.

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, were part of the press conference, and Rivara gave brief remarks outlining benefits and research about safe firearm storage. Read more about the announcement on the blog.

Adult TBI Webinar adds group registration option

Due to popular demand, HIPRC has added a group rate for the April 25 Adult TBI webinar for public health and medical professionals. Registered participants or group members who miss the live webinar can still earn a Certificate of Participation and/or CNE credit by watching the recordings once they are available.

Topics include special considerations for older patient, psychiatric sequelae, the relationship between domestic violence and TBI, and more.

April 25
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST
$25 (Certificate of Participation)
$45 (CNE Credit)
$125 (Group Rate, Certificates of Participation)
Register or view the complete learning objectives at Eventbrite.

Section lead selected for endowed professorship

Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH was selected to receive the Bartley Dobb Professorship for Study and Prevention of Violence, effective July 1. The five-year endowment is designed to support faculty working in violence prevention.

Rowhani-Rahbar’s research and publication have focused on safe firearm storage, practices and trends among firearm owners, support for gunshot wound victims and other topics. Read more from the Department of Epidemiology.

HIPRC members among Seattle ‘Top Docs’

Seattle Magazine’s 2018 “Top Doctors” list has recognized several Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center faculty. The list is comprised of 446 Seattle-area physicians divided into 68 specialties.

Core members Eileen Bulger, M.D., and Ronald Maier, M.D., were recognized for their work in trauma surgery. Associate members Stan Herring, M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation, and Jesse Fann, M.D., psychiatry, were also included in the list. Fann will provide an inside look into his expertise with psychiatric conditions and traumatic brain injury during the April 25 webinar Hot Topics & Best Practice for Adult TBI, which is still taking registrations.

Doctors on the list were compiled through an online nomination process and then screened for education and experience before final selection for inclusion. Read more at Seattle Magazine.

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, speaks at a proposed gun policy press conference with HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D. (far left).
In the News
  • Several news outlets featured Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s announcement of proposed legislation intended to reduce gun violence and its harms, where she was joined by HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH. The announcement was covered by KUOW, The Seattle Times, Crosscut, MyNorthwest, The Stranger, UW Medicine Newsroom and others.
  • HIPRC’s Native Children Always Ride Safe (CARS) partnership, led at HIPRC by Beth Ebel, M.D., MSc, MPH, was highlighted on the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities website as a featured program.
  • Director and Traumatic Brain Injury section lead Monica Vavilala, M.D., suggests that a newly documented shift away from football among high school athletes isn’t likely to fully address the issue of concussions among young athletes in an article from Reuters.
  • Associate Member Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH, co-led a study on traumatic brain injury and dementia - one of the largest studies of its kind - featured on the UW Medicine Newsroom. He will also be presenting as part of the April 25 Adult TBI webinar.
  • Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, weighs in on the expected effects – or not – of a new funding bill with clarifications on gun violence federal research funding at The Hill. On another topic, his research was also recently cited in an article on bullying from Patch.

Event Calendar

April 18, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Inequity in Emergencies:  Barriers to Accessing Emergency Medical Services in the King County Somali Community” with Kathryn Stadeli, M.D.
April 25, (Wednesday) 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Webinar: Hot Topics & Best Practice for Adult TBI, Optional CNE Credit Available (Registration Required)
May 2, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Faculty Meeting
May 4, (Friday) 1 p.m.: Journal Club – Global Injury with Charles Mock M.D., MPH. (Remote access available via ZOOM, contact Project Coordinator Devin Moore at for instructions.)

May 9, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.:
 CDC Center Grant Proposals Presentations with Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, and Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D. RN.

May 12, (Saturday) 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Safe Firearm Storage Event. Sportsman’s Warehouse, 1405 S. 348th St., Federal Way, WA 98003 (Volunteers Needed)

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

View the full calendar. 

Other Opportunities 

Call for Proposals: Military Suicide Research Consortium
Letter of Intent Due April 23

The Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) is currently accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for clinical and non-clinical studies. The LOI announcement is available through their website. For questions, contact Kelly Soberay at

Training: Regional Patient Movement Plan
Material Available Online
The Northwest Healthcare Response Network has launched a Regional Patient Movement Plan which combines, streamlines, and replaces the existing King, Pierce, and Kitsap hospital and long-term care evacuation plans. The plan outlines the coordination required for patient placement, transportation, tracking, and movement during:
  • Mass Casualty Response (MCI) – healthcare response
  • Hospital evacuation
  • Long-term care evacuation
  • Specialty patient movement


Funding Opportunities 

2018 IARS Mentored Research Awards Up to four research projects will be selected to receive a maximum of $175,000 each, payable over two years. Applications for the IMRA may be in any area of investigation (clinical, translational, basic science), but must have ultimate relevance to the broad practice of anesthesiology and its subspecialties. The grants are intended to help create future leaders and prepare applicants to apply for independent research funding.
Submissions due April 30, 2018.

View more at UW Funding Opportunities.
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