HIPRC News and Notes -- January 2018
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Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center has launched a redesigned and updated, a resource hub to encourage booster seat use.

The website features guidelines on booster seat purchasing, sizing, installation and laws as well as access to state and federal booster seat information.

Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., oversaw the website content, and the redesign was built by Public Information Specialist Kelsie Cleboski and Student Assistant Erik Philipson of HIPRC, with content support from Seattle Children’s Hospital. is one of several public outreach efforts HIPRC was involved in during 2017:

Stop the Bleed WA 
•    HIPRC manages the website and registration for Stop the Bleed WA, which is led by core member Eileen Bulger, M.D. Several HIPRC faculty members also teach in the monthly classes on first aid bleeding control. 
•    More than 2,000 people have registered for training since the Washington program began in 2016.

Fireworks Safety Outreach 
•    An HIPRC-supported study examined the serious injuries caused by different firework types. 
•    A UW Medicine press conference in June led to national coverage of the study and an estimated aggregate readership of more than 64 million.
•    A concurrent social media campaign in Washington state resulted in nearly 24,000 impressions.

Pediatric TBI Webinar 
•    The “Hot Topics and Best Practice in Pediatric TBI” webinar in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health had more than 300 participants from across the United States and beyond A webinar on adult TBI is planned for April 25, 2018.
Injury Control Curriculum 
•    A new “Interprofessional Studies on Injury Prevention and Control” curriculum developed by HIPRC faculty offers online modules on foundational injury control topics for UW faculty and students. The modules launched this fall with funding from The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation .
•    To learn more or access the modules, contact

Suicide Awareness 
•    HIPRC conducted a King County outreach effort around suicide awareness, which began in 2016 and wrapped up this year. With support from Harborview Medical Center, researchers presented to a range of community stakeholders.

Public Speaking and Events

•    Throughout 2017, HIPRC faculty and fellows spoke on their research and expertise for lawmakers and community members on topics ranging from distracted driving and concussion awareness  to gun violence and pedestrian safety.

INSIGHT program seeking summer mentors

Applications for our paid summer internships for undergraduate, graduate and medical students close Jan. 15, 2018, and HIPRC is seeking faculty and fellow mentors to facilitate research projects and/or clinical shadowing experiences for the program.

The eight-week program runs June 11-Aug. 3, 2018, and interns have a guaranteed 35 hours a week dedicated to research. Desk and computer space is provided at HIPRC, and projects requiring IRB approval must receive approval prior to the start of the program in June.

Interested mentors, please fill out a brief Faculty Interest Form.

Kudos and Congrats

Research Assistant Manal Jmaileh has been accepted to the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she will begin in the fall. HIPRC is proud of all that she has accomplished here and wishes her well in this next chapter. 

Event Calendar

Jan. 10, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Half-Baked Ideas

Jan. 17, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: "Data Linkage Concepts and Demo: Use of the Link King with EMS Transport Data" with Jeanne Sears, Ph.D.

Jan. 24, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Causal Roadmap: A Guide Navigating the Terrain of Effect Estimators"” with Stephen Mooney, Ph.D. and Brianna Mills, Ph.D.

Jan. 31, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Eye Trauma Database” with Yewlin Chee, M.D.

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

View the full calendar. 

Fred Rivara, M.D., discusses gun violence as a public health issue with CBS New New York.
In the News
  • Postdoctoral research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., was interviewed by Scientific American about an HIPRC analysis examining terrorist attack methods in high-income countries. Tessler was lead author on the research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine in October, and co-authors include HIPRC postdoctoral research fellow Stephen Mooney, Ph.D., former research fellows Cordelie Witt, M.D., MPH, Kathleen O’Connell, M.D., and Jessica Jenness, Ph.D., HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.
  • Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, makes the case that gun violence should be treated as a public health issue on the five-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting on CBS News New York .
  • As part of the annual “Trouble in Toyland” report press conference, Rivara also reminded parents to make sure the gift of a bicycle includes a helmet in this story about toy safety ahead of the holiday shopping season.

Funding Opportunities 

The W.M. Keck Foundation's Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting high-risk/high-impact projects in two specific areas, (1) medical research, and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Keck-funded projects have included the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies that lay the groundwork for new paradigms, breakthrough technologies, and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our understanding of the world. 
Office of Research internal deadline is Jan. 11, 2018.

Engagement Award (EAIN): Research Meeting and Conference Support: This Engagement Award Initiative Notice, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research/Clinical Comparative Effectiveness Research Meeting and Conference Support, includes guidelines for available funding support for meetings and conferences that align with PCORI’s Mission and Strategic Plan and facilitate expansion of patient-centered outcomes research/clinical comparative effectiveness research (PCOR/CER). 
Application Deadline Feb. 1, 2018.

Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards:  The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) plans to award $20.5 million in FY 2018 as part of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards. These awards support projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stake-holders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise. Letter of Intent due Feb. 1, 2018.

Other Opportunities 

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.

University of Washington IRB changes

Beginning Jan. 12, 2018, all UW investigators who wish to use an external IRB will need to submit a request through the Zipline IRB system. This applies to all studies using an external IRB, including IRBs with which the UW has a cooperative agreement (such as Seattle Children’s Hospital).

Starting Jan. 25, 2018, NIH grant applications involving multiple sites that will all follow the same protocol must include a plan describing the use of a single IRB. Visit the the HSD website on Single IRBs for more information about this policy.

For additional assistance, contact HSD at 

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UW updates Accident Prevention Plan

Environmental Health and Safety has developed a new Accident Prevention Plan for University of Washington. Learn more at the plan website.

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