Items of Note


Strong CHR Presence at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

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Several CHR researchers, including Director Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA, presented their work and led discussions at the 35th annual AcademyHealth Research Meeting, held June 24–26 in Seattle. Dr. Savitz helped kick things off with an interactive pre-conference workshop, “Generating and Understanding Evidence Needed for Complex Interventions and Real World Applications.” She also presented at three conference sessions: “The Learning Health System: Promises vs. Reality,” “Career Development—So You’ve Earned Your PhD, Now What?” and “National Library of Medicine Town Hall: Future of Scholarly Communication and HSR.”

Senior Investigator Richard Mularski, MD, MSHS, MCR, discussed ongoing activity in his COPD Patient-Powered Research Network, and Senior Investigator Frances Lynch presented two posters: “Behavioral Health: Substance Use Disorders and Risk of Suicide Mortality in a General US Population” and “Behavioral Health: Understanding Health Care Service Use and cost for Anxious Youth.” Research Associates Amanda Petrik, Jason Scott, Jamie Thompson, and Scott Stumbo also presented on recent work in areas ranging from cancer screening to opioid use disorder.


Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky to Deliver Saward Lecture on October 8

Robert Sapolsky

The Center for Health Research is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Sapolsky, an acclaimed author and expert on stress, will deliver our 28th Saward Lecture on October 8, 2018. 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 posted on our website and included in a future newsletter.

Robert Sapolsky is a biologist and neuroscientist who has lived among baboons in Africa to learn about their social arrangements and responses to stress—and what these responses can teach us about human behavior and physiology. He is the author of A Primate’s Memoir, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, and The Trouble with Testosterone. Dr. Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya.

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.


CHR Director’s Speaker Series: Eric Larson, Noel Weiss, Christopher Gardner

In recent months, CHR has hosted three distinguished visiting scholars as part of our ongoing Director’s Speaker Series. The talks are archived on our YouTube channel, and we invite you to watch and share them with others.

“Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience for a Long, Active Life”
Eric Larson, MD, MPH
Vice President for Research and Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington

“Increasing the Sensitivity of Epidemiologic Studies”
Noel Weiss, MD, DrPH
Professor of Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health

“DIETFITS Weight Loss Diet Study: Implications for Personalization and Takeaways for Clinicians and Patients”
Christopher Gardner, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center

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