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Kaiser Permanente - Stanford Heart Research Center Funded to Study Treatment Outcomes
Date:8/11/2008

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association has awarded Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research in Oakland and Stanford University Medical Center $3.89 million over the next four years to establish jointly a new heart research center that aims to define optimal clinical care for patients with coronary heart disease and chronic heart failure.

The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research and Stanford Medical Center will conduct large-scale observational effectiveness and safety studies of therapies for these diseases by leveraging Kaiser Permanente's large, detailed and longitudinal clinical databases, and by using the research expertise of both Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research and Stanford scientists.

The American Heart Association -- Pharmaceutical Roundtable (AHA-PRT) Outcomes Research Center is co-led by Dr. Mark Hlatky, professor of Health Research and Policy and professor of Medicine at Stanford, and Dr. Alan Go, senior research scientist at Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research and regional medical director of clinical trials. Several other Kaiser Permanente Division of Research investigators are co-investigators and research mentors.

The first two studies by the new center will use state-of-the-art analytic research methods to evaluate the effectiveness of various pharmacologic therapies and emerging technologies in patients with a variety of heart conditions. These treatments include prescription drugs, implanted devices such as stents and defibrillators, and procedures such as coronary bypass surgery.

"This joint center between Kaiser Permanente and Stanford builds on our long history of successful collaboration in cardiovascular research," said Dr. Go. "We believe that the complementary research expertise at our two institutions, combined with the large, diverse Kaiser population and clinically rich longitudinal databases, will help us answer critical questions about optimizing the man
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