Seattle Children’s Division Chief of Pediatrics appointed to National Institutes of Health’s Child Health and Human Development Council

Leader in pediatric injury prevention to advise national organization on federal research funding

Dr. Frederick Rivara, division chief of pediatrics at Seattle Children’s, principal investigator in the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisor Child Health and Human Development (NACHHD) Council for a 4 year term.

Rivara will be asked to advise the council on federal funding for future pediatric research.

“Years of caring for injured children has impressed on me the need for prevention research,” Rivara said. “I have devoted my career to studying childhood injury and injury prevention. I hope my position on the council will allow me to encourage national support for prevention research.”

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) was established by President John F. Kennedy, with the support of congress, in 1962 to study the "complex process of human development from conception to old age." In pursuit of its broad mission, the NICHD conducts and supports laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that explore health processes; examines the impact of disabilities, diseases, and variations on the lives of individuals; and sponsors training programs for scientists, health care providers, and researchers to ensure that NICHD research can continue.

The NACHHD Council advises the NICHD director on the research activities and functions of the Institute.

“It is an honor to be invited to join such an important group to help guide the priorities of the NICHD in future funding for pediatric health research,” Rivara said.

Rivara is chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Washington School of Medicine as well as is editor-in-chief of JAMA Pediatrics. He served as founding director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, founding president of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, and his contributions to the field of injury control have spanned 30 years. He has received numerous honors including the Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association Distinguished Career Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Injury and Poison Prevention, Physician Achievement Award, and the UW School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award. Rivara was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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