HIPRC News and Notes -- September 2018
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INSIGHT, center faculty awarded federal grants

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center’s INSIGHT Summer Research Program has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health to support research training and career development.

The INSIGHT Research Program is an innovative, paid summer internship where undergraduate, graduate and medical students complete hands-on, mentored research projects on injury prevention and control. Throughout the program, participants conduct research and data analysis; meet with physicians, researchers and public health advocates; and explore opportunities and resources at Harborview Medical Center through field trips and workshops. Read more about the grant award on the blog.

A number of other HIPRC faculty have also recently won grants to pursue projects ranging from studies on equity, neuroimaging, nutrition among trauma patients, and more:

Ali Rowhani, M.D., Ph.D., Violence Prevention Section Lead
Evaluating state earned income tax credit policies for primary prevention of multiple forms of violence
Sponsor:  CDC
Mechanism:  U01
Award:  $1,037,309 over 3 years
Monica Vavilala, M.D., Director
Application of Data Science in TBI
Sponsor:  AHRQ
Mechanism:  R21
Award:  $368,262 over 2 years
Monica Vavilala, M.D., Director
Implementation Fidelity and Benefits of Critical Care Pediatric Guideline Adherence & Outcomes in TBI
Sponsor:  NIH/NINDS
Mechanism:  R01
Award:  $3,475,996 over 5 years
Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW, Core Member
Achieving Injury-related Health Equity in the National Trauma Healthcare System
Sponsor:  NIH/DHHS
Mechanism:  R21
 Award:  $427,625  over 2 years
Christine Mac Donald, Ph.D., Core Member
Reclaiming and Revitalizing ACT Neuroimaging Records
Sponsor:  NIH/DHHS
Mechanism:  R01
Award:  $3,875,878 over 5 years
Grant O’Keefe, M.D., MPH, Core Member
Protein-enhanced enteral nutrition and metabolomics in critically ill trauma and surgical patients
Mechanism:  R01
Award:  $1,974,654 over 5 years

New data access tool released

University of Washington’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences in collaboration with UW Medicine has developed Leaf, a new data access tool designed to support researchers and investigators in framing research questions and designing research studies. HIPRC Research Scientist Brianna Mills, Ph.D., is quoted on the ITHS website about her positive experience working with the new tool.

Leaf is available to investigators and research teams affiliated with UW Medicine, and others can learn more by submitting a consultation service request to ITHS.

Stop the Bleed training resumes

Free first aid trainings on emergency bleeding control will resume this month at Harborview Medical Center. The two-hour sessions cover knowledge on how to identify potentially lethal bleeding injuries and hands-on practice with tourniquet and wound packing. A training for UW personnel only is available on Friday, Sept. 28, with session options at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

For the public, Stop the Bleed sessions at Harboview Medical Center in Seattle will be held at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on the following days. Registration is required.

  • Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
  • Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
  • Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019

Learn more or register at

Geriatric care, burn management and more featured at trauma conference

HIPRC members highlighted the multidisciplinary nature of effective trauma care at the 2018 UW Medicine EMS & Trauma Conference Sept. 17-18.

From a break out track on geriatric care, pictured, to a panel on burn management and talks on opioid use, Stop the Bleed programs, and more, faculty highlighted how every member of the medical team works together to provide excellent care based on the latest research. Read more about the conference on the HIPRC blog.

Core member and Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center Eileen Bulger, M.D., was one of the course directors for the conference, and other presenting members included HIPRC Injury Care section lead Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, and associate members Adeyinka Adedipe, M.D., RDMS; Itay Bentov, M.D., Ph.D.; Samuel Mandell, M.D., MPH; Kathleen O’Connell, M.D., MPH; Tam Pham, M.D.; Bryce Robinson, M.D., M.S.; Lisa Taitsman, M.D., MPH; and Mark Wainwright, M.D., Ph.D.

Center Welcomes New Associate Members

HIPRC is delighted to welcome new associate faculty members, including two former postdoctoral fellows.

William Lack, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.  His research interests include surgical trauma care and joint arthroplasty. 

Katie O’Connell, M.D., MPH, is a UW Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of Surgical Palliative Care at Harborview Medical Center. Her research focuses on traumatology, geriatric care and palliative medicine.

Stephen Mooney, Ph.D., is a UW Acting Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, and his research focuses on built environment influences on pedestrian injury and physical activity as well as epidemiological methodology.

Both O'Connell and Mooney are alumni of HIPRC’s T-32 Pediatric Injury Research Training Program.

Event Calendar

Sept. 26, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: "Fireworks Legislation and the Incidence of Severe Fireworks-related Injuries in Washington State" with Sherise Epstein, M.D., MPH

Sept. 28, (Friday) 8 a.m. or 10 a.m.: Stop the Bleed Training, UW or HMC personnel only.

Oct. 3, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Faculty Meeting

Oct. 5, (Friday) 1 p.m.: Journal Club – Methods with Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH & Brianna Mills, Ph.D. 

Oct. 10, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Project proposal: Modifiable factors associated with long-term outcomes following pediatric trauma” with Elizabeth Killien, M.D.

Oct. 17, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Explainable machine-learning predictions for the prevention of hypoxemia during surgery” with Scott Lundberg, Ph.D. candidate

Save the Date: The next WA Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network Meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 13, Noon-4:30 p.m., at Federal Way City Hall. RSVP by Nov. 7 (

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

View the full calendar. 

Annual neuroscience meeting to feature HIPRC speakers

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., will speak at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care discussing guideline adherence and TBI outcome on Oct. 11 in San Francisco.

Other HIPRC-affiliated faculty involved in the meeting include associate members Deepak Sharma, M.D., DM, who is also Vice President for Education and Scientific Affairs at SNACC, Abhijit Lele, M.D., M.S. and Kevin Luk, M.D., M.S.

In the News
Photo by KT Ann via Flickr

Funding Opportunities

Richard H. Adler Attorney at Law & Adler Giersch Law Firm Endowed Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury Research
Eligibility: Faculty, residents, fellows, and graduate students within the University of Washington Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurosurgery, Neurology, or other UW Medicine departments and facilities who are engaged in the evaluation and treatment of those surviving traumatic brain injuries.
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 1 by 5 p.m.

This fund provides support for research efforts to find more effective evaluation and treatment protocols for those with traumatic brain injuries given the long term cognitive, behavioral, and physical consequences and impairments which may result from the underlying trauma. The fund is also intended to provide seed money and/or bridge funding for innovative and novel research with the potential to create leaps in knowledge to further the evaluation and treatment of traumatic brain injuries. Grants typically fund one year studies with the option of no-cost extension(s). If working with a group outside of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, please submit a letter of support from that group. View the full TBI fund announcement for details.

NWCPHP 2018-19 Student Project Stipends
Application Deadline: Any time during fall or winter quarter of 2018-19 school year

The Northwest Public Health Training Center at NWCPHP is now accepting applications to support health professions students completing field placements and collaborative projects in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon. A total of 20 proposals will be funded up to $3,500 each during the 2018–19 school year. Stipends are available for undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and doctoral students enrolled public health, psychology, sociology, and social work degree programs, and are paid directly to students with the intention of defraying living expenses.

Proposals will be evaluated based on public health practice focus, attention to underserved areas and populations, and feasibility. Students are strongly encouraged to submit projects that address opioid misuse and improving mental and behavioral health.

Other Opportunities 

Pediatric Trauma Society 5th Annual Meeting
Meeting: Nov. 8-10, 2018
Royal Sonesta, Houston, TX
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Oct. 17, 2018
Topics include scientific sessions on a broad range of injuries, including pediatric traumatic brain injury, burns, blunt trauma, disaster preparation, and more. Learn more or register at
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