Bianca DiJulio, MHS, senior manager of the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) Survey Research Program, was elected to serve on the American Association for Public Opinion Research Executive Council. DiJulio is Membership and Chapter Relations Associate Chair this year and will be Chair next year. AAPOR is the “leading association of public opinion and survey research professionals.”
KPWHRI Collaborative Scientist Morgan Justice, MA, presented at the international conference of the Society for Acupuncture Research in May. The talk reported on lessons learned from the BackInAction pragmatic trial of acupuncture. The sample population for this trial was older adults at a New York City Federally Qualified Health Center. KPWHRI coauthors on the presentation were Carolyn Eng and Lynn DeBar.
Karen Wernli, PhD, a KPWHRI senior investigator, gave an in-person talk in May at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For the university’s Research and Discovery Grand Rounds, Wernli presented about her work on "Multilevel Interventions in Lung Cancer Screening: Innovations in Lessons We Already Learned."
In May, KPWHRI Senior Biostatistics Investigator Pamela Shaw, PhD, MS, was a voting member at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meeting that discussed over-the-counter birth control pills. Shaw and other advisers were part of a joint meeting of 2 FDA committees, on Nonprescription Drugs and on Obstetrics, Reproductive, and Urologic Drugs, of which Shaw is a standing member. Shaw was quoted in the New York Times and Spokane Spokesman Review about this topic.
In May, KPWHRI Senior Investigator Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, gave a presentation to the National Institute on Aging (NIA) about the eRADAR project. The study is examining the potential of using electronic health record information to identify older people at risk of undiagnosed dementia. Dublin's talk was part of the NIA Impact Collaboratory Grand Rounds series.
Linda McEvoy, PhD, KPWHRI senior investigator and a leader on the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) Study, spoke in May about innovations in diagnostic tests and tools for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. McEvoy was a member of a panel at an event hosted by nonprofit Network for Excellence in Health Care Innovation.
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