Reston, VA – February 27, 2018. The Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) research advocate, Altum CEO Steve Pinchotti, recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the PRMRP sponsored by the Department of Defense. Steve was nominated for participation in the program by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, New York, NY. As a consumer reviewer, he was a full voting member, (along with prominent scientists) at meetings to help determine how the $ 300.000 million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2017 will be spent on PRMRP research covering 48 topic areas.
Consumer reviewers are asked to represent the collective view of patients and family members 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, Steve said that, “Getting the opportunity to serve on a PRMRP panel was a rewarding and energizing experience. The camaraderie and enthusiasm of everyone involved was infectious. PRMRP is a vital program as the funds continue to support the most innovative research in the world”.
Consumer advocates and scientists have worked together in this unique partnership to evaluate the scientific merit of research applications since 1992. Colonel Wanda L. Salzer, M.D., Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs expressed her appreciation for the consumer advocates perspective during the scientific review sessions. “The Consumer Reviewers on each panel are instrumental in helping the scientists understand the patient’s perspective and provide valuable insight into the potential impact of the proposed project. They bring with them a sense of urgency and remind us all, of the human element involved in medical research.”
Scientists applying propose to conduct innovative research focused on the treatment and rehabilitation in the areas of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and many other disease areas. The PRMRP 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 Department of Defense PRMRP is available at the Website: http://cdmrp.army.mil.
Erin Bolling, Public Affairs, 301-619-7783