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Thank you for participating in the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank.

Along with thousands of other Kaiser Permanente members from across the country (including me), your contribution is helping us contribute to Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

With your help we are advancing scientific knowledge by enabling studies ranging from autism and breast cancer to heart disease and depression.

We couldn’t do it without you. And we want you to know that you are part of a unique effort.

The Kaiser Permanente Research Bank is one of the largest and most diverse biobanks in the United States. Diversity matters. Each person’s genetic makeup is unique and important.

When researchers have a diverse set of blood samples, they can test how treatments, therapies or preventive measures affect people from different environments and ethnic backgrounds.
That diversity is critical to advancing health and health care
for everyone.

Researchers from Kaiser Permanente, University of California San Francisco, Stanford, Harvard, and other institutions are working together to study genetic and environmental factors that affect eye disease, blood pressure, prostate cancer, orthopedic injuries, how and why people with diabetes may respond differently to metformin, to name only a few of the areas being studied. Please see our website for more information.

We are delighted that the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank is supporting important scientific research and grateful that you and other Kaiser Permanente members see the value of participating.

The more people who participate, the greater our chances are of making critical discoveries that can eventually lead to improving everyone’s health.

Please spread the word to other Kaiser Permanente members who might be interested and encourage them to sign up at kp.org/researchbank.

Elizabeth A McGlynn, PhD

Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD
Vice President,
Kaiser Permanente Research

Who’s participating in
the KP Research Bank?