Scientific Peer Review of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ PRCRP for the Department of Defense
The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ (CDMRP), Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) consumer advocate Andrea Wilson recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the PRCRP. President Andrea Wilson was nominated for participation in the program by Blue Faery last year. As a consumer reviewer, Ms. Wilson was a full voting member, along with prominent scientists at meetings to help determine how the $90 million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2019 will be spent on cancer research.
Consumer reviewers are asked to represent the collective view of patients by preparing comments on the impact of the research on issues such as diagnosis, treatment and quality of life. When commenting on serving as a consumer reviewer, Ms. Wilson, “This program allows patients and caregivers to actively participate in the future of cancer research. It is an amazing experience.”
Consumer advocates and scientists have worked together in this unique partnership to evaluate the scientific merit of research applications since FY09. Colonel Stephen J. Dalal, Director of the CDMRP, expressed his appreciation for the consumer advocate’s perspective during the scientific review sessions. “Consumer advocates are an integral part of the CDMRP’s scientific review process. They provide a key ingredient to the review process, the patient’s perspective, which is real and urgent. The collaboration of Consumer advocates alongside the scientists’ subject matter expertise is a truly unique collaboration that is difficult to find in most medical research programs.”
Scientists applying propose to conduct innovative research that successfully promotes high impact research for cancer, prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship. The PRCRP fills important gaps not addressed by other funding agencies by supporting groundbreaking, high-risk, high-gain research while encouraging out-of-the-box thinking.
More information about the CDMRP’s PRCRP is available on the website: https://cdmrp.army.mil/prcrp/default.
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Supporting the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, USAMRMC