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The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center is dedicated to reducing the impact of injury and violence on people's lives through research, education, training, and outreach.

The Injury Center’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, murder, and intimate partner violence. 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. The Injury Center 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 portfolio of projects designed to reduce the global burden of injury and trauma.

The Center is divided into five sections of injury-control specialty: Injury Prevention, Acute Care and Rehabilitation. In each area, 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.

Core Services Offered


External Partners:

Harborview Medical Center
Seattle Children's Hospital
Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Seattle
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHITSA)
Injury Free Coalition for Kids
Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR)
National Association of Injury Control Research Centers (NAICRC)
International World Health Organization

Center Details

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Director: Vavilala, Monica
Location: Patricia Bracelin Steel Memorial Building
Year Started: 1985
Administrator / Program Manager: Hansen, Karen
Administering College/School: School of Medicine.
School of Public Health. 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Pediatrics 
Faculty Involvement: 30