HIPRC News and Notes -- October 2017
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Las Vegas shooting draws attention to firearm research, emergency prep

Tragedy has once again focused national attention on gun violence, and HIPRC experts are contributing to the conversation. Following the Oct. 1 shooting at a Las Vegas music festival that killed 58 and injured hundreds more, HIPRC researchers are helping explain the context of gun violence in America and outline approaches to prevention of and response to firearm casualties.

  • A new study from HIPRC researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that, among industrialized countries, terrorist attacks involving firearms are associated with more fatalities, and the United States has the highest proportion of this type of attack. T-32 postdoctoral research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., was lead author, and the study was featured in Reuters, KIRO Radio, the UW Medicine Newsroom and the Los Angeles Times. Co-authors include 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 members Eileen Bulger, M.D., and Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, were also featured by several media outlets in discussing mass casualty preparation and providing a fuller picture of gun violence in America, including King 5 News, Medpage Today, Crosscut and Q13 Fox.
  • Harborview Medical Center’s Stop the Bleed training was promoted by several local news outlets, and HIPRC has received more than 900 training registrations since Oct. 1. Stop the Bleed teaches community members to identify and stop life-threatening bleeds.
Photo by Bill Debevc
Christine MacDonald was featured in a King 5 story on her research into veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
In the News
  • A study published Oct. 19 in American Journal of Public Health on firearm carrying habits in the U.S. led by Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, was featured in the The Washington PostThe Trace and the UW Medicine Newsroom. Co-authors include doctoral student and Research Assistant Vivian Lyons, MPH, and former associate member Joseph Simonetti, M.D., MPH, now at the University of Colorado.
  • The United State Government Accountability Office released a report Oct. 18 on personal firearms examining safe storage programs and research. The report cites studies by HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, and former associate member Joseph Simonetti, M.D., MPH. At a press conference, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said the report illustrates the need for more funding around gun violence and safe storage.
  • HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., offered additional insight into a recent concussion study examining outcomes and gender that was covered by Reuters and NPR.
Photo by Robert Ashworth

Geri-T Bundle project launches to improve elderly patient care

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center researchers are looking to improve trauma care among geriatric patients. The Geriatric Trauma Bundle, or Geri-T Bundle, will be designed specifically for elderly trauma patients admitted to the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, and the project launched Oct. 17. Learn more about the Geri-T Bundle on the blog.
The principle co-investigators for the Geri-T Bundle are Kathleen O’Connell, M.D., and Elisabeth Powelson, M.D., M.S., former and current HIPRC postdoctoral research fellows, respectively. Their work will also be mentored by HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D. and associate member Bryce Robinson, M.D., M.S.

Trauma Conference Recap

The 2017 UW Medicine EMS & Trauma Conference featured a number of HIPRC members speaking on topics ranging from pregnancy and trauma to strangulation, firearms and degloving injuries.
Members who led or presented at the conference include Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, who was also a course director for the event, Injury Care section lead Sam Arbabi, M.D., MPH, FACS; Mary King, M.D., MPH; Kari Keys, M.D.; Jamie Shandro, M.D., MPH; Grant O’Keefe, M.D., MPH, FACS; Joe Cuschieri, M.D., FACS; Bryce Robinson, M.D., M.S., FACS and Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH. Read more about the conference on the HIPRC blog.

Physicians discuss cases and considerations related to pregnant trauma and burn patients at the 2017 UW Medicine EMS & Trauma Conference. From left, HIPRC Injury Care section lead Sam Arbabi, M.D., MPH, Carolyn Blayney, R.N., HIPRC core member Mary King, M.D., MPH, Susan Reed, M.D., MPH, Heather Evans, M.D., M.S., and HIPRC core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS.

HIPRC core member to helm new medical journal

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, will serve as editor-in-chief of the newly announced JAMA Network Open, a fully open-access medical journal that will launch in early 2018. The journal, and its open access format, are designed to meet the needs of the rapidly changing world of academic publishing. JAMA Network Open will be a general medical journal that publishes research from many disciplines. Rivara currently serves as editor-in-chief of JAMA Pediatrics.
Learn more from the JAMA Network announcement.

Long-time crash researcher celebrated

HIPRC recognized the many contributions of core member Robert Kaufman, B.S., on Sept. 27, pictured with HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D. During his more than two decades of work with HIPRC’s Crash Injury Research & Engineering Network project, which ended this summer, Kaufman’s research contributed to improving vehicle safety requirements.

He has also worked tirelessly to educate first responders and the public about crash injuries and vehicle safety, including his work on the innovative “The Force is With You” seat belt program for teens. We wish him well in his next endeavor.

Fellowship extends application deadline

The application deadline for HIPRC’s two-year postdoctoral Pediatric Injury Research Training Program has been extended to Nov. 15 for physician and clinical Ph.D. applicants. Non-clinical Ph.D. applications are due Dec. 1.
HIPRC is seeking fellows from a national applicant pool with attention to diversity in clinical and academic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity and gender. Learn more and apply at the T-32 website.

Event Calendar

Oct. 25, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: "Using audit methodology to investigate disparities in access to TBI rehabilitation" with Molly Fuentes, M.D.

Oct. 27 (Friday) Noon: HIPRC Fall Potluck. Please RSVP or contact with questions.
Nov. 1, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Faculty Meeting
Nov. 3, (Friday) 1 p.m.: Journal Club: Traumatic Brain Injury led by Monica Vavilala, M.D. (Remote access available via ZOOM, contact Project Coordinator Devin Moore at for instructions.)
Nov. 8, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress presentation with Itay Bentov, M.D.
Nov. 15, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Incidence of and Risk Factors for Development of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome among Critically Ill Pediatric Trauma Patients” with Elizabeth Killien, M.D.
Nov. 29, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Out-of-Hospital Detection of Acute Opioid Overdose Events” with Jacob Sunshine, M.D., M.S.

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

View the full calendar. 

WA State Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network to meet Nov. 14

Gun culture and local violence prevention efforts will be featured at the fall meeting of the Washington State Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network on Nov. 14. Attendance is free, but RSVPs are requested to by Nov. 9.
Nov. 14, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
3629 South D Street
Tacoma, WA
Hosted by Seattle Children’s, Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lok-It-Up and Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center

Other Opportunities 

Job Opening: Injury Epidemiologist at The George Institute for Global Health 
One Year Full-time, Australia
Closes Oct. 29

The epidemiologist’s key responsibilities include preparing derived datasets for analyses with SAS, program and validate statistical analyses in SAS, perform complex statistical analyses, prepare and deliver interim and final reports, contribute to the interpretation and publication of research results, and contribute to preparation of or lead manuscripts, provide epidemiological and statistical support for other projects in the injury division. Desired experience includes postgraduate qualifications in Epidemiology or Biostatistics, two years of experience analyzing health or medical research data, working knowledge of SAS software, and others.
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