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Participate in a Study

Some people join health studies because they want to help other people or contribute to society. Others join because they want to play a role in discovering new knowledge, or because they hope a study might benefit them personally. Whatever their motivation, volunteer research participants are key players in the field of health research. 

When you volunteer for a study, you help deliver the many benefits of health research:

  • Discovering the causes of disease and developing new treatments
  • Identifying factors that increase the risk of disease, and finding new ways to reduce those risks
  • Helping people change unhealthy habits and achieve or maintain good health
  • Improving the quality, accessibility, and affordability of medical care
  • Providing accurate information to public policy makers

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Joining a study is voluntary, free, and does not affect your health care or coverage. Members often receive gift cards as thanks for their participation. Our research teams ensure that all volunteers fully understand and consent to any study before joining. Once you join a study, the staff carefully protect your confidentiality.

Connect for Cancer Prevention Study

Connect study logo

The Connect for Cancer Prevention Study wants to better understand the causes of cancer and how to prevent it. Kaiser Permanente Northwest is one of nine health care systems throughout the country to partner with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for Connect. The study will include 200,000 adults who get their health care from a partner health care system.

Participants will be asked to answer online health surveys, donate samples of blood, urine, and saliva, and share access to their electronic health records. This information will help researchers study the health and behavior patterns that may affect cancer risk. It takes time to understand the causes of cancer, so Connect will go on for many years. The longer you participate, the more we may learn.

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Criteria to Participate

  • Kaiser Permanente Member
  • Between 40-65 years old at enrollment
  • Never had cancer (people who have or once had non-melanoma skin cancer, or a condition that raises the risk of getting cancer (such as DCIS or stage 0 breast cancer), can still join)

Research Areas

Sleep for Health: Exploring the Connection Between Insomnia and Diabetes

Contact & Location

Call: 1-866-310-7584

3800 N. Interstate Ave.
Portland, Or 97227-1098

Do you suffer from insomnia? Do you have prediabetes? If so, you may be eligible to join a research study and receive treatment for insomnia at no cost to you. Scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research are studying whether treating insomnia can help people with prediabetes.

The study, called Sleep for Health, requires 10 visits to the Center for Health Research, located on the Kaiser Permanente campus at 3800 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, Oregon. If you participate, you will be reimbursed for your time and travel expenses.

Criteria to Participate

  • Kaiser Permanente Member
  • Prediabetes
  • Insomnia

Join the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank and Help Shape the Future of Health Care

By providing a blood sample and completing a survey, Kaiser Permanente members can help researchers understand how our genes, environment, and behavior interact to influence our risk for diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness, and obesity. The goal of the KP Research Bank is to improve the health of our members and your community.

Criteria to Participate

  • Kaiser Permanente Member

Providing the Most Advanced Treatments for Cancer


Ask your doctor if you may be eligible for one of our clinical trials or
call the Oncology Recruitment Office:

Kaiser Permanente members who have been diagnosed with cancer are eligible to participate in important cancer clinical trials.

Criteria to Participate

  • Kaiser Permanente Member
  • Diagnosed with Cancer

Research Areas

GRADE Study: Learning Which Diabetes Medications Work Best

GRADE study website


Call: 1-866-206-2976

Do you have type 2 diabetes? Are you being treated with metformin only? If so, you may be eligible for the GRADE study. This study will test four FDA-approved medications, along with metformin, to find out which combination is most effective.

Criteria to Participate

  • Kaiser Permanente Member
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Treated with Metaformin only

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