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Seattle Children’s Practice-Based Research Network


The mission of Seattle Children's Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) is to improve child health and eliminate child health disparities by accelerating innovative and collaborative community-based research. 

To achieve this mission, the PBRN seeks to serve as a hub for the Pacific Northwest region to connect researchers, clinicians, community members and patients/families to identify and collaborate on important new areas of research. ​

Key Information About the PBRN

What is a PBRN?

A practice-based research network is a group of pediatric practices (specialty and primary care) that collaborate with researchers to ask and answer questions on clinical practice, quality targets and population health.

Infographic illustrating a PBRN

Scope and reach

The PBRN is a core component of the research infrastructure and core services available to Seattle Children's Research Institute investigators.

The PBRN initially includes the member sites of Seattle Children’s Care Network (SCCN), a group of primary care pediatric practices clinically integrated with Children’s University Medical Group and Seattle Children’s Hospital.​

  • 16 practices​
  • 23 sites​
  • >135 providers​
  • ~140,000 active patients​
  • 8 Puget Sound counties

Meet the Team

Key contacts
  • For general inquiries or questions, email
  • Doug Opel, MD, MPH, PBRN medical director
  • Heather Spielvogle, research manager
  • Daksha Ranade, MPH, MBA, director of Research Informatics and BEAR
  • Anna Marie Jolley, director, Data Coordinating Center
Steering committee
  • Alison Cole, MD, MPH, associate director for WWAMI PBRN
  • Sheryl Morelli, MD, MS, chief medical officer, Seattle Children’s Care Network
  • Brian Saelens, PhD, research director, Center for Diversity and Health Equity
  • Vanessa Shorte, associate vice president of Quality and Safety

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