March 2015

March 2015

By: HIPRC Date: April 7th, 2015

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month!

See how people are promoting #BrainInjuryAwareness and letting people know they are #NotAloneInBrainInjury.

HIPRC Core Member Rob Kaufman at the 3rd Annual Washington Safety Summit

Rob Kaufman gave a presentation on “Crash Investigation/ Mechanisms of Injury” at the 3rd Annual Washington Safety Summit is hosted by Safe Kids Pierce County.

Dr. Katie Flynn-O’Brien at the 2015 Templeton Trauma Symposium

HIPRC Fellow, Dr. Katie Flynn-O’Brien, MD (T-32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Surgery) attended the Templeton Trauma Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA on March 6-7th. Dr. O’Brien presented an abstract on “Variation in Management of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: A Study of the Pediatric Trauma Assessment and Management Database (PTAM)”.

Collaborators include Dr. Mary Fallat, MD, FACS, FAAP (University of Louisville Department of Surgery), Dr. Tom Rice, MD, MS (Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics), Dr. Christine Gall, PhD, MS, RN (Virtual Pediatric ICU Systems, LLC), Leah Thompson (HIPRC 2014 Summer Student), and HIPRC Core Member Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, PhD (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology).

Congratulations to Laura Blanar, MHS, PhDc for APA Student Research Award

Help us congratulate Laura Blanar, MHS, PhDc (Health Services) on receiving the Academic Pediatric Association Research Award for Best Abstract by a Student based on her abstract entitled, “Crash Risk Associated with Distracted Driving Citations Among Young Drivers”. The goal of this award is to recognize research excellence by trainees in the fields of general pediatrics (including public health, epidemiology, health policy, and underserved populations), health services research, education, adolescent medicine, child abuse, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, emergency medicine, and hospitalist medicine.

Dr. Molly Fuentes at the International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health (IMICH)

On March 20-22nd, Dr. Molly Fuentes, MD (T-32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Rehabilitation Medicine) will be attending the International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health in Ottowa, Ontario and presenting her poster, “Disparities in Functional Outcome After Inpatient Rehabilitation for American Indian/Alaska Native Children With TBI”. The International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health (IMICH) is co-hosted by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics and focuses on innovative clinical care models and community-based public health approaches for children and youth in First Nations, Inuit, Métis, American Indian, Alaska Native and other Indigenous communities around the world.

Congratulations to Nithya Kannan on her Admission to the UW MPH Program

Help us congratulate HIPRC Staff member Nithya Kannan on her admission to the Maternal & Child Health track of the MPH Epidemiology program at the UW School of Public Health!!

It’s National Poison Prevention Week (March 16-22)

It’s also National Poison Prevention Week this week! Learn more from our partners at the Washington Poison Center!

  • Check garage, basement, and storage areas for cleaning and work supplies – discard supplies no longer needed.
  • Keep cleaning products in original containers.
  • Safely throw away old medicines.
  • Read product labels to find out what is hazardous to kids.
  • Post the free helpline number in your home and save it on your cell phone: 1-800-222-1222

Congratulations to Dr. Mahmud Mossa-Basha on receipt of GERRAF Award

HIPRC Associate Member Dr. Mossa-Basha, MD (Assistant Professor of Radiology) was selected for the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) GE- Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) award. The purpose of the GERRAF award is to develop a critical mass of young radiologists from a wide geographic distribution of academic health centers, trained in patient-oriented and health services research using cutting edge clinical research methodology. The award is for $140,000 over 2 years.

Congratulations to HIPRC Trainee Laura Blanar, PhDc on Award from ITHS

Trainee Laura Blanar, MHS, PhDc, has been admitted to the ITHS TL1 Year Long Program. The ITHS TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program sponsors a year-long intensive clinical/translational research experience for predoctoral students from among the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Social Work. This NIH/NCATS sponsored education funds predoctoral students in the target professions with an opportunity to conduct an original research project as part of an overall skill for lifelong professional learning.

HIPRC Faculty and Fellows Attending SAVIR Conference

The Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) is a professional organization that provides leadership and fosters excellence in the science of preventing and treating injury and violence. Several HIPRC members will be attending the March 11-13th conference and presenting work they have collaborated on with other HIPRC or UW faculty.

Presentation Title HIPRC Presenters\Collaborators  
Risk of subsequent injury, crime, and death among individuals hospitalized due to a firearm-related injury Dr. Frederick Rivara, MD, MPH
Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Jin Wang, PhD, MS
Dr. Douglas Zatzick, MD
Crash Risk Associated with Distracted Driving Laura Blanar, MHS, PhDc
Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH
Robert Kaufman, KS
Jennifer Maeser, MS
Qian Qiu, MBA
Factors associated with physical violence against children in Haiti: A population-based study Dr. Katherine Flynn-O’Brien, MD
Dr. Frederick Rivara, MD, MPH
Firearm injuries and mortality: the effect of injury intent and treatment setting Brianna Mills, MA
Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Joseph Simonetti, MD, MPH
Helmet regulation in Vietnam: Impact on health, equity and medical impoverishment Dr. Charles Mock, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS
Dr. John Staples, MD, MPH
Walking route safety and objectively measured walking: A multilevel analysis Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH
Dr. Alex Quistberg, PhD
Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH
Dr. Brian Saelens, PhD

UW School of Social Work Donation to HIPRC

HIPRC gratefully acknowledges a contribution from the UW School of Social Work and Dean Edwina Uehara, PhD, in support of the HIPRC T-32 Pediatric Injury Fellowship Program. The T-32 training program prepares young investigators to specialize in pediatric injury research. HIPRC has trained over 100 productive academic scientists and scholars in the field of injury. The UW Social School of Social Work donation supports the development of future research leaders knowledgeable in the most current, interdisciplinary research methods used to prevent and treat pediatric injury.

HIPRC Project Awarded Funding

Project Title: TBI School Transitions and Educator Needs
PI: Dr. Monica S. Vavilala, MD (Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology)
Sponsor: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
Project Period: 2/15/2015 – 6/30/2015
Funding Amount: $60,689

Welcome our new Pediatric T-32 Fellows

Dr. Cordelie Witt, MD received her MD at the University of Michigan (UM) Medical School and has been a General Surgery Resident Physician at the University of Washington (UW) since
2012. Dr. Witt has done research at the University of Michigan Program for Injury Research & Education (UMPIRE), UM Department of Surgery, UW Department of Neurological Surgery, and the UW Department of Pathology. Her extracurricular activities include horseback riding, marathon running, international travel, hiking, backpacking, and cycling.

Jessica Jenness, MA, PhDc is currently doing her residency as a Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Resident – Child Track with the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services. She received her MA in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and is a Doctoral Candidate for Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver as well. Her most recent research projects include a NRSA-funded dissertation project, “Examining the relationship among genes, attention biases to emotion, and depression in youth”, the Personalized Depression Prevention (PDP) Study, and the Gene, Environment, Mood (GEM) Study at the University of Denver.

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