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University of Colorado Cancer Center joins with Kaiser Permanente to expand research efforts

Kaiser's Institute for Health Research now 9th member of consortium

2/14/2011
 

AURORA, Colo- The University of Colorado Cancer Center has added a ninth institution to its consortium: Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Institute for Health Research.

The CU Cancer Center, Colorado’s only federally designated comprehensive cancer center, is the hub of cancer research in Colorado. Researchers from University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University are members, as are cancer care physicians at University of Colorado Hospital, The Children’s Hospital, Denver Health, Denver VA and National Jewish Health.

Adding the Institute to the cancer center consortium, which is funded with a multi-year comprehensive cancer grant from the National Cancer Institute, brings a large group of cancer health outcomes researchers and cancer health services providers into the mix.

“The Institute for Health Research is a leader in the field of cancer research and we believe many of their projects complement our longstanding cancer research programs,” said Tim Byers, MD, MPH, UCCC’s associate director for cancer prevention and control and associate dean of the Colorado School of Public Health.

Investigators with Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Research are conducting cutting-edge cancer research in patient-centered communications, health services and comparative effectiveness research. They have a large, NCI-funded cancer health communications center that does research into improving how we talk to patients about cancer. Kaiser Permanente is also helping to lead an NCI-supported consortium of managed care organizations conducting research on how cancer is prevented and managed in health care systems. 

“We want to have as consortium members all the institutions and people doing cancer research in Colorado, and with Kaiser Permanente’s dedication to these areas, it’s a logical step to include them,” said Byers.

Kaiser Permanente officials also applauded the new collaboration.  “This consortium agreement formalizes the many collaborations that already exist between Kaiser Permanente’s IHR researchers and faculty from the University of Colorado.  We bring to this collaboration a long history of commitment to research in cancer prevention, treatment, and dissemination of new knowledge into improvements in cancer care,” said John F. Steiner, MD, MPH, Senior Director, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research.

About the University of Colorado Cancer Center

The University of Colorado Cancer Center is Colorado’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI has given only 40 cancer centers this designation, deeming membership as “the best of the best.” Headquartered on the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, the center is a consortium of three state universities (Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder and University of Colorado Denver) and six institutions (The Children’s Hospital, Denver Health, Denver VA Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Hospital). Together, our 440+ members are working to ease the cancer burden through cancer care, research, education and prevention and control. Learn more at www.coloradocancercenter.org.

About the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research

 The Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research (IHR) publishes and disseminates epidemiologic, behavioral, and health services research to improve the health and medical care of Kaiser Permanente members and the communities it serves. The organization has a specific focus on conducting research that can be translated into clinical practice, health promotion, and policies to influence the health of individuals and populations. Currently, the IHR’s staff of over 120 is working on more than 160 epidemiological, clinical, behavioral, community, and health services research projects. Now in its 19th year of operation, the IHR is responsible for many landmark findings. Among the most notable are recent studies about vaccine safety and vaccine refusal, home blood pressure monitoring and research that identified life-saving practices for heart attack patients in the Emergency Room. Teams of investigators collaborate on major research projects with national partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccine Safety Datalink, the HMO Research Network, and the NIH Cardiovascular Research Network and the Cancer Research Network. Learn more at http://kpco-ihr.org.

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CONTACT: Lynn CLark, University of Colorado Cancer Center, 303-724-3160, lynn.clark@ucdenver.edu

Amy Whited, Kaiser Permanente, 303-746-1632, amy.l.whited@kp.org