Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute hosts regular seminars where our scientists and collaborators present their research findings.

All are welcome.

Left: Aruna Kamineni, PhD, MPH, with Ali Thomas, MD, of Washington Permanente Medical Group

Upcoming seminars and events

June 23, 2020

The Obesity Paradox

Virtual Scientific Seminar: 4–5 p.m.
Join via Zoom: https://washington.zoom.us/j/96128367085. Meeting ID: 961 2836 7085 One tap mobile: +12532158782,,96128367085# US (Tacoma). A recording will be made available after the meeting. 

Speaker: Edward J. Boyko MD, MPH – Professor Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, UW; Physician, VA Puget Sound


Obesity is a well-recognized risk factor for multiple adverse health conditions such as, for example, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers. Since these obesity-related conditions are associated with higher mortality, one would expect that obesity itself would also appear to shorten lifespan. However, longer survival with overweight and obesity has been shown repeatedly in general populations as well as persons suffering with certain diseases. Weight reduction is often recommended for persons at risk for or suffering from conditions related to overweight and obesity. For example, lifestyle intervention featuring weight loss is the first line recommended treatment for new onset type 2 diabetes without severe hyperglycemia. In an observation study, though, persons with type 2 diabetes of recent onset who lost weight over one year had a higher mortality compared to those who remained weight stable. Dr. Boyko will discuss these paradoxical findings and present his opinions on their origin as well as an approach to the problems of overweight and obesity.

Past Events

May 26, 2020

Pragmatic trials involving people living with dementia and their care partners: Lessons from the STAR Caregivers Virtual Training and Follow-up Protocol

Virtual Scientific Seminar: 4–5 p.m.
Join via Zoom: https://bit.ly/2ZFGS0U. Meeting ID: 969 7073 7378. Password: 848321. One tap mobile: +12532158782,,96970737378# US (Tacoma). A recording will be made available after the meeting. 

Speaker: Robert Penfold, PhD–Senior Investigator, KPWHRI


  • Overview of the STAR-VTF protocol
  • Interesting issues in embedded pragmatic clinical trials with research dyads
  • Interesting issues related to pragmatic data collection

April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Forecast: Big Data, Research & Pandemic Trends

Webinar: 10–11 a.m.

Speakers: Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH, associate investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute;  Vice Admiral (ret.) Raquel Bono, MD, director, Washington State COVID-19 Health System Response Management; and Jeff Kaas, co-owner, Kaas Tailored

The panel is the most recent in a series of presentations organized by Association of Washington Businesses, COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinar Series. You can register here for the webinar.

March 2020

We have canceled all seminars scheduled in March because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

We are following guidance from Seattle-King County Public Health, the Washington Department of Public Health, and  Kaiser Permanente leadership, who are recommending cancellation of all meetings larger than 10 people. The aim is to help protect the health of our colleagues and patients by lowering our risk of spreading the virus.

We hope to reschedule Dr. Sarah Knerr’s seminar on “Implementing cancer genomic medicine to promote public health” at a later date. 

February 11, 2020

Modifiable factors associated with resident-physician safety, quality of care, and well-being

Where: Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, 4–5 p.m., Room 1509A

Speaker: Matthew D. Weaver, PhD—Instructor in Medicine
Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Brigham and Women's Hospital


Resident-physician work hours have been a subject of controversy for more than two decades. Recent high profile trials have tested the effectiveness of flexible or extended work hours on hospital-level outcomes such as 30-day mortality. I will report on findings from a nationwide, prospective cohort study that examined the association between the 2011 ACGME duty hour restrictions, which limited first-year resident-physicians to work no more than 16 consecutive hours, on patient and resident safety. In combination with work hour reform, there is a need to identify additional avenues to protect the health and well-being of medical providers. Occupational burnout is a highly prevalent issue. I will present findings from a recent workplace wellness initiative that tested the effectiveness of a sleep health education and sleep disorder screening program to reduce burnout among faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Coffee and tea will be provided.