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  • The overall goal of the traumatic brain injury section is to reduce the burden from TBI.

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  • The global injury section at HIPRC aims to lower the burden of injuries for the majority of the human race who live in low- and middle-income countries.

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  • The vision of the safe and active transport section is to encourage safe travel, improve conditions for active transportation, respond to emerging road traffic challenges, and prevent traffic-related injury and death through collaborative research, education, and public awareness.

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  • The vision of the violence section is to reduce the burden of violence-related morbidity and mortality through research, education, and public awareness.

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  • The mission of the injury care section is to improve short and long-term outcomes of trauma and burn patients by advancing the trauma systems, studying and disseminating hospital and pre-hospital guidelines, and improving post-hospital care and rehabilitation of injured patients.

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Our Mission

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.

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HIPRC featured in the UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center 2014 Trauma Report

“UW Medicine researchers at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) examine the causes of injury and methods of prevention. Collaborating with their peers nationwide, HIPRC investigators translate their findings into best clinical practices.”
- Johnese Spisso (Chief Health System Officer, UW Medicine; Vice President, Medical Affairs, University of Washington) and Dr. Eileen Bulger, MD (Chief of Trauma, Harborview Medical Center; UW Professor of Surgery)

The UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center 2014 Trauma Report includes snapshots of the following HIPRC members and their studies:

  • HIPRC Director Dr. Monica Vavilala, MD and her study to determine how best to increase adherence and reduce barriers to adoption of the "Pediatric Guidelines for Acute Medical Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Infants, Children, and Adolescents.”
  • HIPRC Core Member Dr. Doug Zatzick, MD and his study published in the Annals of Surgery, that found that post-traumatic stress disorder and depression were very common among patients assessed one year after suffering a serious injury.
  • HIPRC Associate Member Dr. Melissa Schiff, MD, MPH and her study to determine incidence rates of injury among soccer players as well as risk factors that predispose some girls to soccer injuries.
  • HIPRC Core Members Dr. Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS and Rob Kaufman, BS ¬†and their study to conduct motor vehicle injury surveillance for occupant injuries among restrained car passengers in selected crashes to provide data that could improve the design and engineering of passenger vehicles.
  • HIPRC Core Member Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH and his study on gun safety in conjunction with the City of Seattle and King County.
  • HIPRC Core Member Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH and her study that found that nearly half of Washington state's distracted drivers were texting on mobile devices.


Full 2014 Trauma Report: http://www.uwmedicine.org/harborview/Documents/TraumaReport-2014.pdf