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 or watch our video of how it all began and learn even more from our interactive anniversary timeline.

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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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Kidney Disease Increases the Risk of Stroke in Patients with the Most Common Type of Heart Arrhythmia, According to Researchers

OAKLAND, Calif., March 3, 2009 – Chronic kidney disease increases the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common type of heart arrhythmia, according to Kaiser Permanente researchers. The findings appear in the current online issue…

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Largest Study To Date Compares Cholesterol Treatment in HIV Patients & Patients without HIV infection

Lipid Lowering Therapy OAKLAND, Calif., March 2, 2009 – A new study in the online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine has found that cholesterol medications can work well among certain HIV patients at risk for cardiovascular disease. Though HIV…

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards $8.6 Million Grant to Kaiser Permanente to Develop Largest, Most Diverse U.S. Biobank

Database Has Power to Reveal Environmental and Genetic Factors Behind Many Deadly Diseases; Groundbreaking Research Will Lead to Better Treatments Princeton, NJ –The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through its Pioneer Portfolio, has awarded Kaiser Permanente $8.6 million to develop one…

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Creates National Network to Study Cardiovascular Disease

Oakland, CA – The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has provided $7.5 million over the next five years to establish a collaborative Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN). This national resource will leverage the collective cardiovascular expertise, diverse community-based study populations…

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Depression during Pregnancy Can Double Risk of Preterm Delivery

Depression and Preterm Delivery Risk October 23, 2008 (Oakland, Calif.) - Depressed pregnant women have twice the risk of preterm delivery than pregnant women with no symptoms of depression, according to a new study by the Kaiser Permanente Division of…

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