In 1964, a few visionaries started a small medical research unit in the basement of Bess Kaiser Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Since then, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research has grown to more than three hundred people in three states. As we mark our 50th anniversary, we invite you to join us in celebrating this milestone. In this brief video, you’ll learn about our rich history and our vision for the future, and you’ll meet some of the people whose lives we’ve helped to change. Read more »
People with serious mental illnesses are already at higher risk for obesity and the medications that control their symptoms often lead to additional weight gain. Our study helped people lose weight and improve blood glucose.
“CHR's comparative effectiveness research is crucial in medical decision-making to improve outcomes and cost efficiencies”
Evelyn P. Whitlock, MD, MPH
Director, KP Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center
“For a public health or preventive medicine physician interested in quality improvement research, I cannot imagine a more ideal setting for research than CHR.”
Adrianne Feldstein, MD, MPH
“There is so much work to be done to uncover the secrets of how to improve people's health. That's what keeps me motivated each day.”
Gregory N. Clarke, PhD
Assistant Program Director
“CHR is a community of scholars. I like the 'all for one and one for all' attitude, which is so different from the competitiveness within universities.”
Victor J. Stevens, PhD
“We all pitch in to try to make the Center successful. I enjoy working in this collaborative environment.”
William M. Vollmer, PhD
Kaiser Permanente identifies financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) and other situations that may give rise to conflicts of interest, and addresses such situations to ensure research decisions made are in the best interests of KP, its research participants, patients, and members. Kaiser Permanente operates in accordance with federal regulations addressing research financial conflicts of interest through our Policy on FCOI in Research.
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