Kaiser to get $3.64M for cardiovascular research network

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Dec. 6 – The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute will grant Kaiser Permanente and its Oakland, Calif.-based division of research half of the $7.5 million designated for a new national cardiovascular research network.

The multi-state network will consist of researchers at 14 U.S. nonprofit health plans with integrated research divisions, including Kaiser's research division and other Kaiser research units in Denver, Atlanta, Honolulu and Portland, Ore., along with participants including the Meyers Primary Care Institute, Group Health Cooperative, Geisinger Health System, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, HealthPartners, Lovelace Clinic Foundation, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and Scott and White.

Kaiser said its Oakland research division will function as lead investigator and coordinate the project. Other Kaiser units will receive approximately $1.14 million of the funds, for a total of about $3.64 million.

The network will study large, community-based populations and use the data resources of Kaiser and other health plans to study the epidemiology, prevention, management and outcomes of cardiovascular diseases, officials said, and will be the largest such collaborative research effort to date, according to Kaiser.