HIPRC News and Notes -- February 2018
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Adult TBI webinar offers certificate, optional CNE credit

Registration is open for HIPRC’s day-long webinar on adult traumatic brain injury on April 25. The webinar is designed for public health and medical professionals and will explore causes, care and rehabilitation of adult TBI. General registration is $25 and includes a Certificate of Participation, and registration to earn CNE credit is $45. Registrations are open at Eventbrite.

The webinar will feature several HIPRC faculty, including Injury Care section lead Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN; and associate members Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH; Jennifer Zumsteg, M.D., and Randall Chesnut, M.D. The webinar is a joint intiative of HIPRC and the Washington State Department of Health.

Applications open for INSIGHT High School Program

The INSIGHT High School Program will offer a behind-the-scenes introduction to public health, medicine and brain science for students in grades 10-12 at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center.

Applications close March 4, with admission decisions expected in mid-April.

Learn more or apply at the INSIGHT High School Program website.

Stop the Bleed WA takes Olympia

More than 40 nurses, EMTs, first responders and doctors from across the state gathered at the capitol campus in Olympia for Stop the Bleed WA Legislative Day on Jan. 10. The day was spent training legislators, staff and visitors on Stop the Bleed techniques and raising awareness of this vital campaign.

The program is led by HIPRC core member and incoming Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Eileen Bulger, M.D. From HIPRC, Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Injury Care section lead Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, and senior research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., also assisted at training stations and met with legislators and their staff to discuss the program.

Read more about the legislative day on the blog.

Volunteers needed for Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway

HIPRC is co-sponsoring a firearm storage giveaway with Seattle Children’s Hospital, and we’re seeking volunteers to assist at the event.

Research indicates that safe firearm storage lowers the risk of firearm injuries, especially among children, teens, and individuals who are at-risk of suicide, and we encourage all firearm owners to practice safe storage in the home.

Safe Firearm Storage Event
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sportsman’s Warehouse, 1405 S. 348th St., Federal Way, WA 98003

To sign up to volunteer, contact Program Coordinator Katie Budd at

Research Assistant Opening

The FACT2 (Falls and Cognitive Training 2) Study is looking for a research assistant (50%). This classified staff position has responsibility for outcome assessment in an NIH-funded project testing a fall prevention strategy. Requires WA state driverʼs license. For more information contact the PI, Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, via email

Kudos and Congrats

Epidemiology Graduate Research Assistant Vivian Lyons, MPH, has been invited to serve as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, where she will spend part of the spring. Lyons has also been selected to join the Translational Research Training Program at the Institute of Translational Health Sciences for 2018-2019.

Publication expands analysis of Argentina pediatric TBI care

A new study examining pediatric traumatic brain injury in Argentina found that following intensive care unit TBI treatment guidelines was associated with better outcomes. The two guidelines most strongly associated with favorable discharge outcomes were prevention of hypoxia and timely nutrition, findings which the authors noted were similar to results in another study conducted at pediatric trauma centers in the United States.

Read more on the blog about the TBI study, which was led by HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and co-authored by HIPRC Research Consultant Qian Qiu, MBA.

Event Calendar

Feb. 14, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Update on iHeal” with Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW, and Kelsey McGuire, MPH.

Feb. 19, (Monday): Holiday Closure

Feb. 21, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: "Alcohol Tax and Firearm Fatality: Interrupted Time Series & Synthetic Controls" with Robert Tessler, M.D.

Feb. 23, (Friday) 1 p.m.: Journal Club: Injury Care with Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH (Remote access available via ZOOM, contact Project Coordinator Devin Moore at for instructions.)

Feb. 28, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “BRITE: Brain Injury Rehabilitation Improving the Transition Experience” with Jeanne Hoffman, Ph.D.

March 2, (Friday) 1 p.m.: Journal Club: Methods, with Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH (Remote access available via ZOOM, contact Project Coordinator Devin Moore at for instructions.)

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices


Save the Dates:

Webinar: Hot Topics & Best Practice for Adult TBI, April 25, 9-3:30 p.m. (Registration Required)

Safe Firearm Storage Event, May 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Volunteers Needed)

View the full calendar. 

Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, discusses drug use in Washington state on KIRO 7.
In the News
  • Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., was interviewed by The Seattle Times about using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation machines to treat otherwise fatal traumatic heart and lung injuries - a procedure that recently saved a woman's life after her paddleboat sank in Puget Sound.
  • Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, commented on new research on opioid, methamphetamine and heroin users in Washington state for The Spokesman-Review and KIRO 7. He was also interviewed about the high risk of overdose in the weeks after a person leaves jail for KNKX story about a new Snohomish County Jail detox initiative.

Funding Opportunities 

Broad PCORI Funding Announcements - The Broad PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) seek investigator-initiated applications for patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) projects aligned with our priority areas for research. This PFA covers the following four priority areas: Addressing Disparities; Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options; Communication and Dissemination Research; and Improving Healthcare Systems. We are looking for your best ideas to address needs of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders in making personalized clinical decisions across a wide range of conditions, populations, and treatments.
LOI Deadline is Feb. 13, 2018.

Opioid Relapse Reduction Therapeutics Grant - Brain Research Foundation (BRF) is announcing a new grant initiative. To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty at a U.S. institution, working in the area of study of opioid addiction. The goal of this program is to accelerate the development of new relapse reduction therapeutics.
LOI Deadline is Feb. 28, 2018.

View more at UW Funding Opportunities.

Other Opportunities 

Research Training Fellowship: The CNRM Military Traumatic Brain Injury Research Group Fellowship Training Program is accepting applications on a rolling basis to train in military-relevant TBI research and care. The program is open to both clinically trained fellows who have completed their medical residency and post-doctoral fellows. Applicants from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.

The program is primarily for research training, but clinical training and clinical observerships are an essential part of the program. Fellows are encouraged to pursue innovative interdisciplinary projects with multiple mentors.

Inquiries should be made to the fellowship program director David Brody at or (301)-480-3039.

Training: 18th Faculty Development Day – Leadership and Communication 
Feb. 16
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Center for Urban Horticulture

This popular all day program will focus on leadership development skills for all faculty. The keynote speakers will be UW Medicine leaders David Levy, Ph.D., Professor in the University of Washington Information School who has written a book entitled “Mindful Tech,” and Brian K. Ross, Ph.D., M.D., Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology whose talk is titled “Digital Natives.” 

Call for Abstracts: Global Symposium of Innovation in Trauma Research Methods
Abstract Deadline – Feb. 28
Symposium – June 12-13
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH
The symposium organizers encourage aspects that deal with observational and medical record data, causal inference methods, cohort and longitudinal data analytic approaches, adaptive clinical trial design, advances in imaging, and technology-assisted interventions. Abstracts will be selected for oral or poster presentations based on scientific merit, overall quality, originality and relevance.
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