In 2022, DOR celebrates 60 years of innovative health research.

The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research conducts, publishes, and disseminates epidemiologic and health services research to improve the health and medical care of Kaiser Permanente members and society at large. We seek to understand the determinants of illness and well-being and to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. DOR’s 600-plus staff is currently working on more than 580 epidemiological and health services research projects. Read our story on how it all began and in our interactive anniversary timeline.


Common Antiretroviral Therapy Drug (Tenofovir) Associated With Decline of Renal Function

Commonly used tenofovir, a nucleootide reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) used in anti-retroviral therapy (ART) is associated with declines in renal function, according to researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, CA. The study appears in the current…

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Kaiser Permanente, UCSF awarded $25 million from NIH

100,000 Kaiser Permanente members who have donated DNA for research into the genetic and environmental causes of disease to be studied October 12, 2009 (Oakland/San Francisco, Calif.) – The Kaiser Permanente Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH) and…

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National Institutes of Health Awards More Than $54 Million to Kaiser Permanente to Conduct Health Research

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will support research in numerous health areas, from genotyping 100,000 members’ DNA Samples to conducting comparative effectiveness research on colon cancer treatments October 12, 2009 (Oakland, Calif.) –  As part of the $5 billion…

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New Assessment Quantifies Risks and Benefits of Warfarin Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Kaiser Permanente, Mass General Study Finds Benefits Strongest for Oldest Patients and others at High Stroke Risk Warfarin therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation – the most common type of significant heart rhythm disorder – appears to be most beneficial…

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Antioxidants Not Associated With Increased Melanoma Risk

Chicago -- Antioxidant supplements do not appear to be associated with an increased risk of melanoma, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. A recent randomized trial of antioxidants for…

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High Cholesterol in Midlife Raises Risk of Late-life Dementia, Kaiser Permanente Study Finds

August 4, 2009 (Oakland, Calif.) – Elevated cholesterol levels in midlife – even levels considered only borderline elevated – significantly increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia later in life, according to a new study by researchers at…

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Workplace E-Mail Intervention Program Helps People Sit Less and Eat Better, Kaiser Permanente Study Finds

May 19, 2009 (OAKLAND, Calif.) – A behavioral intervention program delivered by e-mail is an effective way to significantly improve diet and physical activity by helping people move more, sit less, and make healthier food choices, according to a Kaiser…

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Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease Are At Higher Than Previously Realized risk for Permanent Dialysis If They Require Hospital – Based Dialysis

OAKLAND, CA -- Patients with chronic kidney disease are at higher than previously realized risk of needing permanent dialysis if they require hospital-based dialysis for injury to the kidneys, according to a Kaiser Permanente study. The study appears today in…

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Low Blood Sugar Events Increase Dementia Risk in Elderly Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, Kaiser Permanente Study Finds

April 14, 2009 (OAKLAND, Calif.) – Hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) episodes that require a visit to the hospital are associated with increased risk of dementia in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, according to a Kaiser Permanente Division of…

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Teens Who Give Birth Have Greater Gains in Overall Body Fat and Belly Fat During Adolescence Than Peers Who were not pregnant, Kaiser Permanente Study Finds

OAKLAND, Calif. – Teenagers who’ve had babies experience substantially greater gains in total body fat and belly fat during adolescence compared to peers who did not become pregnant, according to a Kaiser Permanente study. The study appears in the current…

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