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Dr. William Towner named 2022 SCPMG Physician Researcher of the Year

William J. Towner, MD, FACP, FIDSA, physician director of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Clinical Trials Program, has been named the 2022 Southern California Permanente Medical Group Physician Researcher of the Year. The award has been given each year since 2007 to recognize a physician ...

  • Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center joins COVID-19 vaccine trial for children

    June 11, 2021
    Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center is participating in a clinical trial for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 6 months to less than 12 years. The KidCOVE study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA-1273), which is the same vaccine that was given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in December ...
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  • Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center to study experimental stroke drug

    June 4, 2021
    Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center will conduct a multi-centered, randomized, Phase 3 research study to learn if the experimental drug recombinant Factor VIIa (rFVIIA), a protein that our body makes, can be used to decrease bleeding in the brain of patients who suffer sudden bleeding in the brain, also called intracerebral hemorrhage. The study entitled ...
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  • Marking Clinical Trials Day 2021 with gratitude

    May 20, 2021
    On this day—May 20, 2021, aka Clinical Trials Day—we have more reasons than ever to celebrate the Kaiser Permanente Southern California clinical trials team. We began our COVID-19 clinical trials research with the remdesivir trial in March 2020. We were a top enroller in that study. Since then, our clinical trials program has participated in 9 ...
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  • Kaiser Permanente members have higher survival rate after cancer diagnosis

    May 14, 2021
    Among insured cancer patients in Southern California, those who were diagnosed and treated at Kaiser Permanente, an integrated health care organization, had better survival rates, especially Black and Latinx patients, according to Kaiser Permanente research published in The American Journal of Managed Care. “Kaiser Permanente is committed to finding and addressing health care inequities,” said the ...
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  • COVID-19 outcomes are more severe for people of color

    May 4, 2021
    A new Kaiser Permanente study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that people of color were more likely to be hospitalized and to receive intensive-level care for COVID-19 compared to white patients even after adjusting for known health risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and other conditions The study was among the first to show that these ...
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  • Celebrating our extraordinary nurses: During Nurses Week, all month, and throughout the year

    May 4, 2021
    For National Nurses Week (May 6 to 12), Nurses Month, and Year of the Nurse, we celebrate the dedicated nurses who work in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation. Nurses are a vital part of our research program. Most support clinical trials, where their relationship-building skills play an important part in helping ...
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  • 5 questions for … Dr. Ana Florea

    May 4, 2021
    Ana Florea, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and post-doctoral research fellow with the Department of Research & Evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. She has special interests in vaccine safety and effectiveness, infectious diseases, cancer, and chronic kidney diseases. Currently, she is involved in projects studying shingles and Tdap vaccines. She works on projects involving ...
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  • New Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect Monitoring System launches

    April 28, 2021
    A pilot program in Southern California will develop a vaccine side effect monitor that provides real-time insights to researchers and public health officials.
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  • Child vaccination rates recovering since pandemic’s early days

    April 15, 2021
    The numbers of recommended vaccine doses, including measles vaccine, administered to children decreased dramatically after the declaration of a national state of emergency on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in Pediatrics. While the decrease was lower and recovered in children under 2 years of age, ...
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  • Physical activity may reduce risk of poor COVID-19 outcomes

    April 14, 2021
    A Kaiser Permanente study of nearly 50,000 people with COVID-19 suggested that regular physical activity provided strong protection from hospitalization, intensive care unit admission, and death. Even exercising inconsistently lowered the odds for severe COVID-19 outcomes when compared to people who were not active at all. The study, led by investigators in Kaiser Permanente Southern California, ...
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