May 2015

May 2015

By: HIPRC Date: May 6th, 2015

Dr. Beth Ebel at the May 21st Press Conference on Children Falling Out of Windows

HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) spoke at the May 21st Press Conference on Children Falling Out of Windows. Each year, especially during the warmer spring and summer months, children fall out of windows and require care in our hospitals. In 2014, Harborview Medical Center treated 14 children for injuries related to window falls. Two children have already been treated this month. Dr. Ebel, along with Julie Alonso (Director of Safe Kids Washington, Child Injury Prevention Specialist with WA DOH) and Becca Cunningham (mother of window fall survivor Thomas Cunningham), spoke about child injury rates and how families can help prevent window falls. Representatives from fire departments and other early responders, Central Region EMS Trauma Council, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Seattle were also in attendance.

2014 Summer Student Tom Wilson Wins First Prize at Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference (MARC) for Work at HIPRC

2014 Summer Student Tom Wilson (3rd year medical student at the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University) presented a case report from his HIPRC internship on a patient with intraparenchymal hemorrhage and neurogenic stress cardiomyopathy at the Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference (MARC) in Cleveland and won first prize in his category. Tom was mentored by Monica Vavilala, MD (Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics) and Vijay Krishnamoorthy, MD (T-32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Anesthesiology).

Laura Blanar Received Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting Best Student Abstract Award

In addition to the Association of School & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) article, Laura Blanar, MHS, PhDc (Research Assistant for Health Services) has also won an award for Best Student Abstract at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting in San Diego for her abstract titled, “Crash Risk Associated with Distracted Driving Citations Among Young Drivers.” You can read the abstract here.

HIPRC at NIH/NINDS Federal Interagency TBI Research (FITBIR) Informatics System Stakeholder Meeting

HIPRC Associate Member Nancy Temkin, PhD, MS (Professor of Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics) and HIPRC Staff Member Malaika Schwartz, MPH (Research Consultant, Communications Officer) attended the 2015 Federal Interagency TBI Research (FITBIR) Informatics System Stakeholders Meeting on April 21st in Bethesda, MD.
Malaika was one of five participants who gave a presentation to the 100+ stakeholder member audience. She spoke about Dr. Fred Rivara’s Children’s Health After Injury (CHAI) study and about the process of entering TBI data into FITBIR. If you are interested in the data currently in FITBIR, please check out the list of studies and types of information in repository here.

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Report on Teen Driver Crashes

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently published a new report on teen driver crash causation and distractions while driving, which gained some exciting coverage from Good Morning America, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. Working with the University of Iowa, the Foundation received over 6000 “naturalistic data” videos of teenage drivers, recorded behind the wheel with the DriveCam in-vehicle video camera system, as part of a volunteer program to study the cause of traffic accidents. For more information, take a look at their latest blog post and check out the study. For a sample of the DriveCam footage, check out their YouTube video.

HIPRC Core Members Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) and Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology), and HIPRC Associate Member Dr. Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW (Affiliate Assistant Professor of Health Services) are currently working on a AAA Foundation-funded project regarding Cannabis and Driving.
More information here:

HIPRC Fellow and Research Staff Presenting to AP Statistics at Ingraham High School

Vivian Lyons, BS (Research Assistant for Anesthesiology), Alex Quistberg, PhD (T-32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatrics), and Brianna Mills, MA (Predoctoral Research Associate) will be giving a guest lecture to the AP Statistics class at Ingraham High School in late May/early June, talking about applied statistics.
It would be a great help if readers would let us know – what do you wish you’d learned about statistics in high school? And what do you think current high-schoolers would be interested in learning about applied statistics? Please email your suggestions to Brianna Mills at