Items of Note

Evidence-based Practice Center Receives Pearl Award for Cancer Screening Presentation

The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) has bestowed a Pearl Award on the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) for a presentation based on work that the EPC conducted in support of the United States Preventive Services Task Force with collaborators at the University of California at Davis.

The Pearl Awards are chosen annually by the NAPCRG’s Community Clinician Advisory Group, which votes for top research studies as measured by their potential impact on clinical practice. The EPC’s presentation was based on its systematic review “Adjunctive Screening for Breast Cancer in Women with Dense Breasts.”

Strong CHR Presence at the HCSRN Annual Conference

In April, the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) held its 22nd annual conference in Atlanta. This year’s meeting, titled Advancing Population Health: New Models and the Role of Research, explored how researchers, clinicians, administrators, and patients are working together to improve health at both the individual patient and community levels.

CHR Director Mary Durham, an HCSRN Governing Board member, moderated the morning plenary session on the opening day of the conference. She was joined at this year’s meeting by about 25 other CHR researchers, who presented posters and slide shows and led workshop sessions in wide-ranging research areas including genetics, genomics, and precision medicine; prediction modeling for emergency department utilization; and preventive service use among people with mental illness, to name a few.

Investigative Journalist Sonia Shah to Deliver 2016 Saward Lecture

The Center for Health Research is pleased to announce that Sonia Shah, an investigative science journalist and the critically acclaimed author of several books on science, human rights, and international politics, will deliver our 26th Saward Lecture on September 21, 2016. The lecture will be held at the Newmark Theatre in downtown Portland. Tickets will be made available to the public in August, and information on how to request them will be sent at a later date.

Shah’s most recent book, Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, has been called “superbly written” (The Economist), “bracingly intelligent” (Nature), and “provocative” and “chilling” (New York Times). Her TED talk on malaria has been viewed by more than a million people around the world, and she has lectured at universities and colleges across the country.

The Saward Lecture series is named after Ernie Saward, MD (1914–89), the medical director of Kaiser Permanente Northwest from 1948 to 1969. Dr. Saward founded the Center for Health Research in 1964.

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