With more than 25 years at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI), Laura Ichikawa, MS, is known for her analytical skills, attention to detail regarding study design and data management, and expertise in data visualization. Her experience includes observational studies, randomized controlled trials, case-control studies, and multisite analyses.
Ms. Ichikawa is primarily focused on breast cancer and women’s health. She is involved in two large, multisite National Cancer Institute-funded projects: the Statistical Coordinating Center for the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) and a colorectal research site for Population-based Research to Optimize the Screening Process (PROSPR). Much of her work with the BCSC has been evaluating mammography performance and use of other imaging modalities such as MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, especially after a breast cancer diagnosis. Ms. Ichikawa also participated in collaborative research through the Cancer Research Network, including a widely publicized 2004 study that linked not having screening mammograms to late-stage breast cancer. More recently, this work examined the association of chemotherapy use with peripheral neuropathy. Ms. Ichikawa is excited to continue her work in breast cancer research, including in screening, treatment, surveillance, and survival.
Ms. Ichikawa's research with retired KPWHRI Senior Investigator Delia Scholes, PhD, includes studies examining bone loss associated with the injectable hormonal contraceptive Depo-Provera in 2002 and 2005 and oral contraceptives in 2011. She continues to work in areas of women’s health and contraceptive methods.
Ms. Ichikawa is a member of the American Statistical Association and its Puget Sound chapter.
Grafton J, Ott S, Endres J, Kratohvil C, Hubbard R, Ichikawa L, St John J, Operskalski B, Spangler L, Anderson J, Rillamas-Sun E, LaCroix A, Scholes D. Ps1-52: Charting the course: adjudicating fractures in network enrollees using the electronic medical record. Clin Med Res. 2012;10(3):165. PubMed
Rillamas-Sun E, Ichikawa L, LaCroix A, Ott S, Hubbard R, Spangler L, Scholes D. Ps2-28: The association of body composition indices and hormonal contraceptive use in adolescent and young adult women. Clin Med Res. 2012;10(3):186. PubMed
Geller BM, Ichikawa L, Miglioretti DL, Eastman D. Web-based mammography audit feedback. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012;198(6):W562-7. PubMed
Scholes D, Hubbard R, Ichikawa LE, LaCroix AZ, Spangler L, Beasley JM, Reed S, Ott SM. Oral contraceptive use and bone density change in adolescent and young adult women: a prospective study of age, hormone dose, and discontinuation. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Sep;96(9):E1380-7. Epub 2011 Jul 13. PubMed
DeMartini WB, Ichikawa L, Yankaskas BC, Buist D, Kerlikowske K, Geller B, Onega T, Rosenberg RD, Lehman CD. Breast MRI in community practice: equipment and imaging techniques at facilities in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. J Am Coll Radiol. 2010;7(11):878-84. PubMed
Linde JA, Simon GE, Ludman EJ, Ichikawa LE, Operskalski BH, Arterburn D, Rohde P, Finch EA, Jeffery RW. A randomized controlled trial of behavioral weight loss treatment versus combined weight loss/depression treatment among women with comorbid obesity and depression. Ann Behav Med. 2011 Feb;41(1):119-30. Epub 2010 Sep 28. PubMed
Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Ichikawa L, Avins AL, Delaney K, Barlow WE, Khalsa PS, Deyo RA. Treatment expectations and preferences as predictors of outcome of acupuncture for chronic back pain. Spine. 2010 Jul 1;35(15):1471-7. Epub 2010 Jun 8. PubMed
Ichikawa LE, Barlow WE, Anderson ML, Taplin SH, Geller BM, Brenner RJ. Time trends in radiologists' interpretive performance at screening mammography from the community-based Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, 1996-2004. Radiology. 2010 Jul;256(1):74-82. Epub 2010 May 26. PubMed
Phipps AI, Ichikawa L, Bowles EJ, Carney PA, Kerlikowske K, Miglioretti DL, Buist DS. Defining menopausal status in epidemiologic studies: a comparison of multiple approaches and their effects on breast cancer rates. Maturitas. 2010 Sep;67(1):60-6. Epub 2010 May 21. PubMed
Beasley JM, Ichikawa LE, Ange BA, Spangler L, LaCroix AZ, Ott SM, Scholes D. Is protein intake associated with bone mineral density in young women? Am J Clin Nutr. 2010;91(5):1311-6. Epub 2010 Mar 10. PubMed
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