Laura E. Ichikawa, MS

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"KPWHRI provides a great opportunity to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams and provide biostatistical support to improve patient health."

Laura E. Ichikawa, MS

Senior Biostatistician, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

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.

Research interests and experience

 

Recent publications

Keech PM, Ichikawa L, Barlow W. A prospective study of contact lens complications in a managed care setting. Optom Vis Sci. 1996;73(10):653-8. PubMed

Treiman GS, Treiman RL, Ichikawa L, Van-Allen R. Should percutaneous transluminal angioplasty be recommended for treatment of infrageniculate popliteal artery or tibioperoneal truck stenosis? J Vasc Surg. 1995;22(4):457-63. PubMed

Ichikawa L, Barlow W. Conducting linear growth curve analysis using the SAS System. Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual SUGI Conference. 1995;1148-53.

Taplin SH, Barlow W, Urban N, Mandelson MT, Timlin DJ, Ichikawa L, Nefcy P. Stage, age or co-morbidity and the direct costs of colon, prostate and breast cancer care. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1995;87(6):417-26. PubMed

Treiman GS, Ichikawa L, Treiman RL, Cohen JL, Cossman DV, Wagner WH, Levin PM, Foran RF. Treatment of recurrent femoral or popliteal artery stenosis after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. J Vasc Surg. 1994;20(4):577-85. PubMed

 

cancer research

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Using breast MRI after cancer may lead to unneeded biopsies

A Kaiser Permanente-led BCSC study is among the largest ever to evaluate adding MRI surveillance for breast cancer survivors.

study results

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No need to follow up simple ovarian cysts

New KPWHRI study shows that women with simple cysts are not at increased risk of ovarian cancer.

aging & geriatrics

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Study finds various treatments can reduce vaginal discomfort from sex

Dr. Katherine Newton co-wrote JAMA Internal Medicine paper comparing vaginal estrogen, moisturizer, and placebo gel.