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.

Center News

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center Names New Director

Stakeholders in the University of Washington School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Social Work and UW Medicine selected Monica S. Vavilala, MD as director for HIPRC effective April 1, 2014. 

Dr. Vavilala is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology at the University of Washington. She received her undergraduate education from the University of Houston and her medical degree from University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas. She completed two residencies, her first in pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School and the second in anesthesiology at the University of Washington. Dr. Vavilala is an expert in the care of injured patients, has authored over 150 peer reviewed publications related to injury, and is internationally known for her work in traumatic brain injury. As a 20 year faculty member in the UW School of Medicine, she has mentored over 27 fellows across UW, has current research support from the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke, and is the co-director of the NICHD sponsored UW Pediatric Injury Training Program. 

Dr. Vavilala is the first anesthesiologist in the nation to lead an injury research center and the only anesthesiologist on the Brain Trauma Foundation Guidelines working group pertaining to the acute care management of patients with severe traumatic brain injury. "Dr. Vavilala brings to the Center the energy and commitment to move it ahead and keep it at the forefront of injury research and prevention," said Dr. Frederick P. Rivara, UW Professor of Pediatrics and founder of the Center.


NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium – Longitudinal Clinical Study Core

The NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium has announced a new $30 million Longitudinal Clinical Study Core that will be the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted. Sara D. Chrisman,MD, MPH, Acting Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – Adolescent Medicine, and Faculty member of HIPRC will be participating in this study as one of the 12-15 university and military sites.

The study will be ongoing from 6/1/2014-5/31/2017. For more information, visit the website: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/ncaa-dod-launch-concussion-study


Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar selected to join START Program
Congratulations to Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at University of Washington School of Public Health and Core Faculty and Director of Methods Core, Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center. Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar has been selected to join the faculty at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored Strategic Analysis, Research and Training (START) Program. START is a multidisciplinary research team at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and timely research to Global and Domestic Programs at the Foundation.  


HIPRC Faculty Offer Tips for a Safe Summer & 4th of July
HIPRC faculty Dr. Brian Johnston offers summer safety and injury prevention tips for adults and children in an online UW publication, The Whole U. The article also highlights HIPRC faculty Dr. Beth Ebel’s distracted driver study and the dangers of texting while driving. Read the complete article online at: https://www.washington.edu/wholeu/2014/05/30/summer-safety/