HIPRC News and Notes -- October 2018
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Study: Photo enforcement slows school zone speeders

School zone speeding violations tend to spike after school breaks, weekends and summer vacation, but automated photo enforcement may help slow down motorists and keep kids safer. These are the findings of a study published in Injury Prevention by researchers at University of Washington School of Medicine and Drexel University. This study is the first to examine the effects of speed limit photo enforcement in school zones. The lead author is Alex Quistberg, Ph.D., a former HIPRC fellow and now assistant research professor of environmental and occupational health at Drexel University, and HIPRC Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., Msc, MPH is a co-author.

Read more about the school zone photo enforcement study on the HIPRC blog.

Prescience: Helping doctors predict the future

During surgery, anesthesiologists monitor and manage patients to make sure they are safe and breathing well. But these doctors can’t always predict when complications will arise.

Now researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new machine-learning system, called Prescience, which uses input from patient charts and standard operating room sensors to predict the likelihood that a patient will develop hypoxemia — a condition when blood oxygen levels dip slightly below normal. The team’s findings were published Oct. 10 in Nature Biomedical Engineering. The senior author is HIPRC associate member Su-In Lee, Ph.D., and co-authors included HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and associate member Bala Nair, Ph.D.

Read the full release on Prescience from UW News on the blog.

Volunteers needed for Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway

HIPRC is co-sponsoring a firearm storage giveaway with Seattle Children’s Hospital and other community partners, and we’re seeking volunteers to assist at the event. All volunteers will be oriented and trained the morning of the giveaway.

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
Dec. 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Outdoor Emporium
1701 4th Ave. S., Seattle WA 98134

 To sign up to volunteer, contact Harriet Saxe,

Washington releases state fall prevention plan

The Washington State Department of Health released "Finding Our Balance: Washington State Action Plan for Older Adult Falls Prevention" in late September, outlining a five-year plan to reduce falls among older adults. Key highlights of the plan include community partnerships, public education, community screenings, and interventions among high-risk and underserved older adults.
HIPRC Core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, associate member Elizabeth Phelan, M.D., M.S., and other UW faculty contributed to the report.
Read the full fall prevention plan online.

Event Calendar

Oct. 31, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Assessing and responding to suicidality in out-of-hospital settings” with Christopher DeCou, Ph.D.

Nov. 2, (Friday) 1 p.m.: Journal Club – Traumatic Brain Injury with Monica Vavilala, M.D.

Nov. 12, (Monday): University Closure
Nov. 13, (Tuesday) Noon-4:30 p.m.: WA Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network Meeting at Federal Way City Hall. RSVP by Nov. 7
Nov. 14, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress:  "Acupuncture for Depression, Pain and Quality of Life Post Traumatic Brain Injury: a Project Proposal for a Feasibility Study," with Mark Sodders, DAOM, L.AC.
Nov. 22-23, (Thursday-Friday): University Closure

Save the Date: Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Outdoor Emporium on 1701 4th Ave. S., Seattle. Volunteers needed - contact for details.

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

View the full calendar. 

HIPRC member wins CDC grants to study worker injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded two grants to HIPRC associate member Jeanne Sears, Ph.D., RN.

One examines the impact of opioid prescription guidelines on hospitalizations for opioid poisoning and adverse effects among injured workers, and one uses innovative methods to study return-to-work patterns among disabled workers.

Stemming the Tide of Prescription Opioid-Related Morbidity among Injured Workers
Sponsor: CDC/NIOSH
Mechanism: R03
Award: $152,796 over 2 years
Keys to Re-Injury Prevention and Sustained Return-to-Work for Disabled Workers
Sponsor: CDC/NIOSH
Mechanism: R21
Award: $427,165 over 2 years

In the News
  • HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., weighed in the importance of considering both rule changes and culture changes related to a recent study that found a reduction in concussions among Ivy League football players. The story originally appeared in Reuters and has also been picked up by Business Insider and Channel NewsAsia.
  • Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, was quoted in a story on school bullying from The Newnan Times-Herald and a story on flu vaccines for KOMO News.
Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel

Department of Surgery Promotions

Congratulations to a number of HIPRC faculty in the UW School of Medicine Department of Surgery who were recently promoted.

  • Associate member Tam Pham, M.D., is now a professor in the Division of Burn, Trauma & Critical Care Surgery and director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview.
  • Associate member Giana Davidson, M.D., MPH, is now an associate professor in the Division of General Surgery.
  • Associate member Kari Keys, M.D., is now an associate professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery.

Other Opportunities 

Call for Abstracts: 2019 SAVIR Conference
Abstracts Due Nov. 15
Conference: April 1-3, 2019, Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati, OH

SAVIR (The Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research) provides leadership and fosters excellence in the science of injury and violence prevention research. This year’s conference will highlight ways in which injury prevention research is promoted by and used in advocacy efforts and policy. We are looking for abstracts to include in our scientific sessions. Scientific sessions on both days of the conference will last 90 minutes and include 3-5 presentations.

Research leading to policy implementation or change, partnerships and advocacy that support policy-related work, and innovative findings are just some of the efforts to be showcased at this conference. You may choose from the following formats: oral, poster or flash science (students or early career professionals only).

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
Eligibility: Undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and doctoral students enrolled public health, psychology, sociology, and social work degree programs 
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 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.

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