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Pregnancy Project
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Welcome to the Pregnancy Project of the Kaiser Permanente Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH)

The RPGEH, a scientific research program at Kaiser Permanente in California, is one of the largest research projects in the United States to examine the genetic and environmental factors that influence common conditions such as diabetes, autism, pre-term labor, asthma, and cancer.

The goal of the research program is to discover which genes and environmental factors—the air we breathe, the water we drink, as well as lifestyles and habits—are linked to specific conditions associated with pregnancy and both the common and unusual diseases and health conditions of women, infants, and children.

This new knowledge has the potential to improve health and health care delivery by leading to new and improved diagnosis and treatment of disease and even prevention of some disease. One day your doctor may be even able to make a health care plan just for you based on your genetic profile and life experiences. This could include early testing for the diseases you might be likely to get, prescribing medications that will work best for you, and recommending lifestyle changes that will help keep you healthier.

Building a Biobank

Based on the over six million-member Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Plan of Northern California (KPNC) and Southern California (KPSC), the completed resource will link together comprehensive electronic medical records, data on relevant behavioral and environmental factors, and biobank data (genetic information from saliva and blood) from 500,000 consenting health plan members. There are over 32,000 births a year in Kaiser Permanent Northern California. With many pregnant women choosing to participate in the Pregnancy Project, the resource will be an unparalleled resource for perinatal research.

In addition to learning more about the genetic and environmental determinants of disease, Kaiser Permanente research scientists, working in collaboration with other scientists across the nation and around the world, hope to translate research findings into improvements in health and medical care. We also hope to develop a broader understanding of the ethical, legal, and social implications of using genetic information in health care.

This website is designed to help you learn more about our program. If you have questions or need more information please click here or contact us.