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About Us

The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) is a worldwide leader in injury cause and prevention research. Founded in 1985, we are affiliated with the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Our faculty and staff are devoted to conducting research, education, and prevention programs aimed at diminishing the personal impact of trauma, and broadening the effectiveness of injury prevention and treatment programs regionally and nationally.

Research priorities include:

  • Injury Prevention
  • Acute Care
  • Biomechanics
  • Epidemiology
  • Rehabilitation

Who We Serve

HIPRC directs its research and programs towards those groups at greatest risk of injury: children, the elderly, the poor, people of color, and residents of rural areas.

We aim to reduce the rates of injury and death among these groups from unintentional events such as car crashes and drownings, and from purposeful acts such as suicide and murder. Efforts span the continuum of medical care, from epidemiological research to determine injury causes, to acute care of trauma patients, to rehabilitation in the hospital and home.

What We Do

  • Track the type, causes, treatment and consequences of injuries
  • Use epidemiological tools to identify risk factors for injury
  • Develop and evaluate new injury-prevention programs, using behavior change, community education, government action, and product environment modification
  • Use the principles of biomechanics to study injury causes and treatment
  • Develop more effective ways to resuscitate and treat injury victims
  • Improve rehabilitation strategies by identifying injury-related disability and long-term effects
  • Train new investigators in injury research
  • Educate health professionals, policy makers, and the public about trauma’s magnitude, costs, and prevention