Recognition June 2017

Dr. Mike Jackson writes new flu vaccine effectiveness study guide for WHO

KPWHRI Associate Investigator Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH, served as the lead writer for the World Health Organization (WHO)’s new guide on flu vaccine effectiveness studies. Dr. Jackson was tapped for his expertise as a lead researcher in the United States Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network, which evaluates the nation’s flu vaccine program.

Published by the Initiative for Vaccine Research of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals, the guide aims to improve the conduct and interpretation of flu vaccine effectiveness research. Vaccine researchers can use it to understand best practices in designing, evaluating, and reporting on such studies. For public health scientists, the guide is useful as a tool for correctly interpreting study results and limitations.

Access the guide online: Evaluation of influenza vaccine effectiveness: a guide to the design and interpretation of observational studies (PDF).

KPWHRI takes lead role in NIH workshop on pragmatic clinical trials

On May 24, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held a virtual workshop on pragmatic clinical trials, which are designed to evaluate health care interventions in real-world settings. KPWHRI Executive Director Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, Research Associate Leah Tuzzio, MPH, and Project Manager James Fraser helped organize the workshop, which featured Kaiser Permanente Washington President Susan Mullaney, MHA, among several health leaders who discussed unique research opportunities in large integrated systems. Also taking the stage from KPWHRI was Greg Simon, MD, MPH, a senior Investigator and Kaiser Permanente psychiatrist, who presented on strategies for sustaining and translating findings from pragmatic trials. Dr. Larson moderated a session on engaging health systems in pragmatic research and delivered concluding remarks.

View videocast: “NIH workshop on Pragmatic Clinical Trials: Unique Opportunities for Disseminating, Implementing, and Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices into Clinical Care.”