Our Research


Science to serve one goal: Better health

Scientists at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) have a rare advantage: We work within a system that provides both care and coverage. With a 360-degree view of people’s everyday health experience over time, we discover what works best to serve Kaiser Permanente's mission: Better health.  

We collaborate closely with Kaiser Permanente Washington's medical staff and other providers—gaining from their perspectives on practical approaches to health care’s toughest problems. Together, we create a learning health care system—a place where research strengthens practice and practice strengthen research.

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Working in the public interest

Our faculty work on interdisciplinary research teams, conducting about 300 studies at any given time. They partner with affiliate researchers and others from academic institutions and health systems and share findings in the public domain to serve the public good.

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healthy findings blog


No going back: We must rise now to end structural racism

Dr. Rita Mangione-Smith shares 6 changes our research institute can make to address racism as a public health crisis.

committed to diversity


Washington state members begin joining the KP research biobank

KPWHRI will be launching a phone-based recruitment pilot project in May that aims to achieve higher recruitment of people of color.

Funding sources


A broad base of support

Most of our support comes from federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health. We also contract with biomedical companies and receive grants from private foundations. About 5 percent of our budget comes from Kaiser Permanente Washington.

See our list of funders.



Seattle team to build brain map of Alzheimer’s disease

$40.5M NIH-funded project aims to pinpoint cells at root of brain disease—and new therapeutic targets.



How can providers have better conversations about cost of care with patients?

Nora Henrikson talks about her paper in Annals of Internal Medicine, exploring more effective ways for clinical teams to discuss cost with cancer patients.

Recent publications

Green BB, Meenan RT. Colorectal cancer screening: the costs and benefits of getting to 80% in every community. Cancer. 2020 Jul 20. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32990. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Flannery B, Meece JK, Williams JV, Martin ET, Gaglani M, Jackson ML, Talbot HK. Systematic testing for influenza and COVID-19 among patients with respiratory illness. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 20:ciaa1023. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1023. Online ahead of print. PubMed

Hagenaars SP, Coleman JRI, Choi SW, Gaspar H, Adams MJ, Howard DM, Hodgson K, Traylor M, Air TM, Andlauer TFM, Arolt V, Baune BT, Binder EB, Blackwood DHR, Boomsma DI, Campbell A, Cearns M, Czamara D, Dannlowski U, Domschke K, de Geus EJC, Hamilton SP, Hayward C, Hickie IB, Hottenga JJ, Ising M, Jones I, Jones L, Kutalik Z, Lucae S, Martin NG, Milaneschi Y, Mueller-Myhsok B, Owen MJ, Padmanabhan S, Penninx BWJH, Pistis G, Porteous DJ, Preisig M, Ripke S, Shyn SI, Sullivan PF, Whitfield JB, Wray NR, McIntosh AM, Deary IJ, Breen G, Lewis CM. Genetic comorbidity between major depression and cardio-metabolic traits, stratified by age at onset of major depression. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2020 Jul 18. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32807. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Ghai NR, Jensen CD, Merchant SA, Schottinger JE, Lee JK, Chubak J, Kamineni A, Halm EA, Skinner CS, Haas JS, Green BB, Cannizarro NT, Schneider JL, Corley DA. Primary care provider beliefs and recommendations about colorectal cancer screening in four healthcare systems. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2020 Jul 15:canprevres.0109.2020. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-20-0109. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed



Coronavirus vaccine trial now includes older people

Led by Dr. Lisa A. Jackson, first-ever trial of any experimental vaccine candidate for COVID-19 virus has expanded.

Collaborate with us

KPWHRI oversees all research conducted at Kaiser Permanente Washington, ensuring that all studies involving Kaiser Permanente Washington members are aligned with the organization’s primary mission: to improve health.  Researchers from outside Kaiser Permanente Washington can learn more about our processes for collaborating with KPWHRI faculty members.