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Research Discovery by ITHS KL2 Scholar Draws Media Attention

Research Discovery by ITHS KL2 Scholar Draws Media Attention

The recently published research of ITHS KL2 Scholar, Dr. Nathan White, has received substantial media attention due to its potentially life-saving applications for trauma patients.

Dr. White and his University of Washington research team developed an engineered hemostatic polymer (PolySTAT) that circulates harmlessly in the blood, identifies wound areas, and strengthens clot formation to stop bleeding. PolySTAT could provide first responders, combat medics, and emergency room personnel with a safe and effective tool to stop bleeding, thereby preventing unnecessary deaths. PolyStat is projected to be ready for widespread use in the next five to ten years.

Media Coverage

A number of television, radio, and other media outlets have covered this research discovery due to its potential impact in trauma care.


March 5, 2015 – Injectable Goo Developed In Seattle Could Help Stop Trauma Patients From Bleeding To DeathKPLU News for Seattle


March 11, 2015 – UW researchers develop polymer to stop bleedingKIRO 7

March 11, 2015 – UW research: Injectable polymer could save bleeding patientsKING 5


March 10, 2015 – An injectable UW polymer could keep soldiers, trauma patients from bleeding to deathUW Today

March 11, 2015 – PolySTAT: Injection that stops bleeding has potential to save soldiers on battlefieldInternational Business Times

March 12, 2015 – UW researchers develop injectable polymer to prevent severe blood lossPuget Sound Business Times

Nathan White, MD, MS

Nathan White, MD, MS

About Dr. White

Dr. White, who is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington and Attending Physician at Harborview Medical Center, has been an ITHS KL2 Scholar since 2011. The ITHS KL2 program is a multi-year, NIH-funded award that enables early career researchers like Dr. White to pursue translational science projects by protecting their research time, providing research and travel support, and connecting them with the resources they need to push their findings forward from discovery to implementation.

To learn more about Dr. White, please visit our recent feature on him in the ITHS Researcher Spotlight.

Featured Image: A 3-D rendering of fibrin forming a blood clot, with PolySTAT (in blue) binding strands together. Credit: William Walker, University of Washington