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New Virtual Research Office enables physician research

Kaiser Permanente Southern California has launched a new Virtual Research Office portal to make it easier for physicians to conduct clinical research that can have a direct impact on the quality of care provided to Kaiser Permanente members.

The new portal, developed and housed by the Department of Research & Evaluation, provides a single point of entry for Kaiser Permanente Southern California medical center investigators to get information on how to initiate research, seek funding, and conduct a research project. It features a research roadmap that illustrates the standard process for doing research with Research & Evaluation. This will help streamline the existing process for both physician investigators and research staff.

The Virtual Research Office currently features:

  • General steps on how to do a research project
  • Research and funding opportunities
  • General steps on applying for funding
  • Information on types of support available from Research & Evaluation scientists and staff
  • A link to request consultation with the department’s research navigator to get started

Interactive applications will be added soon to make request submissions and project proposal development more convenient.

Most of the information in the Virtual Research Office is available on the Department of Research & Evaluation website.  Confidential information and access to certain applications will be limited to users inside the Kaiser Permanente network.

“Our physicians conduct rigorous and substantive research, which is important to the organization and deserves all the support we can provide,” said Ben Broder, MD, PhD, regional assistant medical director of Quality and Clinical Analysis for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and interim senior director of Research. “The new Virtual Research Office supports interested physicians with a streamlined yet comprehensive resource to enable them to more easily navigate the complex process of conducting research.”

For more information, visit the Virtual Research Office online or contact Research Navigator Jeff Slezak at