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Major New Study to Demonstrate Value of PET Scans in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

20. May 2015

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By Ann Wallace, Senior Communications Specialist, Division of Research A new, $100 million, four-year study will determine the clinical usefulness and value in diagnosing Alzheimer’s and other dementias through a brain positron emission tomography (PET) scan that detects amyloid plaques, a core feature of Alzheimer’s disease. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has […]

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Happy 100th, Dr. Collen!

6. November 2013

Happy 100th, Dr. Collen!

Morris Collen, MD, pioneer of computer-assisted health care, celebrates his centennial. By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, KP Northern California Division of Research Multimedia show: Dr. Morris Collen: A Remarkable Story In 1961, Sidney R. Garfield, MD, founding physician of Kaiser Permanente, asked his colleague Morris F. Collen, MD, an internist since 1948 and one […]

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Grand Opportunity Creates Cutting-Edge Research Potential

7. August 2013

Grand Opportunity Creates Cutting-Edge Research Potential

By Ann Wallace, Senior Communications Specialist In 2009, the Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH) received a Grand Opportunity grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a project entitled “Developing a Resource for Genetic Epidemiology Research in Adult Health and Aging.” When the nearly $25 million grant was awarded to Kaiser […]

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KP Surgeons Dramatically Reduce Cataract Infections

15. January 2013

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By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research In a new video, Kaiser Permanente researchers explain how the Walnut Creek ophthalmology department virtually eliminated a rare, surgery-related infection. With Division of Research colleagues, they published the results to wide acclaim. When the rates of a rare complication of cataract surgery began to […]

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RPGEH: A world-class genomics project studying disease causes and healthy aging

2. February 2011

RPGEH: A world-class genomics project studying disease causes and healthy aging

It’s not every day Division of Research staff members are briefed by a Nobel Prize winner. Recently, 100 employees of the Division and its Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH) hosted Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, one of three scientists awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Her visit was no coincidence. Thanks […]

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Voice of the RPGEH: Marcia Ewing and the phone/survey team

30. January 2011

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It’s simply a case of cause and effect. To recruit 500,000 Northern California Kaiser Permanente members for a research project, the Research Program for Genes, Environment and Health (RPGEH) had to gracefully and efficiently handle the masses of mail and flocks of phone calls that would be headed its way. For more about the Research […]

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RPGEH: Fast facts

29. January 2011

A bullet-point list of basic facts about the Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health.

The goal is a database with 500,000 participants.

— 430,000 have completed a health survey
— 170,000 gave saliva samples

Future participants will be asked for blood samples, rather than saliva, so researchers may also collect data found in blood — not saliva — about biomarkers and environmental exposures

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Breaking the mold: CARDIA changes cardiovascular disease research

25. January 2011

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Until the 1980s, all that was known about the leading cause of death among Americans — cardiovascular disease — had been learned by studying middle-aged white men. But a study begun in 1985 with participants ranging in age from 18 to 30 broke that mold.  The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, […]

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