Office of Research

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center


The Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) is dedicated to reducing the impact of injury and violence on peopleʼs lives through research, education, training, and public awareness.

HIPRC's goal is to reduce the rates of injury and death from unintentional events such as car crashes and drownings, and from purposeful violent 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.

HIPRC directs its research and programs towards groups at greatest risk of injury and trauma: children, the elderly, the poor, people of color, and residents of rural areas. We have a growing list of projects designed to reduce the global burden of injury and trauma.

HIPRC is divided into five sections of injury prevention and research:

1. Global Injury:
2. Violence:
3. Safe & Active Transport:
4. Injury Care:
5. Traumatic Brain Injury:

The visions for these sections are:
To lower the burden of injuries for the majority of the human race who live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); To generate and disseminate new knowledge pertaining to violence injury prevention and treatment; To advance innovative approaches to safe and active transportation; To reduce the burden of injury morbidity and mortality through research, education, and public awareness; and To generate and disseminate new knowledge pertaining to traumatic brain injury prevention and treatment.

In each section, we pursue the following goals:
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 effective and cost-effective approaches to resuscitate and treat injury victims; Improve rehabilitation strategies by identifying injury-related disability and long-term effects; Train new investigators in injury research; and Educate health professionals, policy makers, and the public about trauma’s magnitude, costs, and prevention.

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External Partners:

Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Central Region EMS & Trauma Care Council
Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)
Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention
Harborview Medical Center (HMC)
International World Health Organization (WHO)
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC)
Rainier Scholars Club
Safe Kids Seattle
Safe Kids Washington
Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH)
Seattle City Council
Seattle Police Department (SPD)
Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR)
US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (DOT/NHTSA)
UW Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)
UW NW Center for Excellence in Media Literacy
UW School of Medicine (SoM)
UW School of Public Health (SPH)
UW Social Development Research Group (SDRG)
Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
Washington Poison Center (WAPC)
Washington State Patrol (WSP)
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
Washington State Transportation Center (UW TRAC)
Western Pacific Injury Prevention Network (WPIPN)

Center Details

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Director: Vavilala, Monica
Location: Patricia Bracelin Steel Memorial Building
Year Started: 1985
Administrator / Program Manager: Saxe, Harriet
Administering College/School: School of Medicine.
School of Nursing.
Harborview Medical Center 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Anesthesiology and Department of Pediatrics 
Faculty Involvement: 62