Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute hosts regular seminars where our scientists and collaborators present their research findings.

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Upcoming seminars and events

September 19, 2023

eGFR and Race-based Clinical Algorithms


The views expressed in the seminars and events hosted by KPWHRI do not necessarily reflect those of Kaiser Permanente

Speaker: Sarah Sanghavi (she/her), Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington, is a nephrologist and critical care physician who practices at Harborview Medical Center and the Puget Sound VA. She directs the renal physiology course for the University of Washington School of Medicine and is core faculty for the UW Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is a sub-investigator for VA Cooperative Trials.    

Race-based clinical algorithms permeate our medical system and perpetuate the myth that race is a biological risk factor for disease. This presentation uses the example of eGFR to examine the research behind race-based algorithms. The aim of the presentation is to engage in discussion about moving beyond these oversimplified and flawed concepts.

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Past events

March 7, 2023

Data Sharing and Pragmatic Clinical Trials: Navigating Ethical Challenges in a Changing Policy Landscape

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The views expressed in the seminars and events hosted by KPWHRI do not necessarily reflect those of Kaiser Permanente

Speaker: Stephanie Morain (she/her), Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and core faculty of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, is a bioethics and health policy researcher who conducts empirical and normative analyses to inform emerging ethical issues in biomedical research and in public health.   

Numerous arguments have been advanced for broadly sharing de-identified, participant-level clinical trials data, yet data sharing in pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs) presents a range of ethical challenges. Example challenges include: the use of waivers or alterations of informed consent for some PCTs; the potential for data sharing in PCTs to present risks not only for individual patient-subjects, but also for health systems and the clinicians within them; and enhanced reidentification risks due to the use of extant data. This presentation will integrate policy analysis with qualitative data from key stakeholders to highlight the limitations of existing data sharing policies and guidance when applied to PCTs.