To Our RPGEH Participants:

Kaiser Permanente is building on the success of the Research Program on Genes, Environment and Health, and will soon announce the establishment of the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank.

Kaiser Permanente now has over 10 million members in 7 geographic regions across the country. The Research Bank plans to expand on our work here in Northern California, and will invite all adult Kaiser Permanente members from all 7 regions to participate and contribute their specimens and data to this unique resource. The purpose of the KP Research Bank is to provide large-scale genetic, molecular, environmental and health information to enable research on important questions about both disease and health.

The saliva or blood specimens and health information that you contributed to the RPGEH (including participants in the Pregnancy Project) will form the foundation of the new Research Bank and its rich databases. The same safeguards to protect your privacy and information will remain in place with the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank. Our commitment to the safety and security of your information will always be an essential component of this research.

This announcement is purely for your information; you do not need to take any action. We just want to share the exciting news with you, the “pioneers” of Kaiser Permanente’s genetic and environmental research. More information about the KP Research Bank will be available over the next couple of months. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone (866-369-2157) or email (

Thank you again for your contribution to groundbreaking research and improving the health of our members and the communities in which we live and work.

Best regards,

Catherine Schaefer, PhD
Executive Director, Research Program on Genes, Environment and Health
Kaiser Permanente Division of Research