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Scientific Peer Review Of Research Applications For The Department Of Defense
Resiliency Speaker and Patient Advisor Cindy Coney Selected for Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
By: Cindy Coney, Monarch Training & Consulting
Consumer reviewers are asked to represent the collective view of PRMRP survivors and patients, family members, and persons at risk for the disease when they prepare comments on the impact of the research on issues such as disease prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life after treatment. Commenting on serving as a consumer reviewer, Coney said that “I am grateful for the opportunity to stand alongside researchers and doctors, to bring the patient perspective to the process. Working in partnership, I believe we are able to recommend the best proposals for funding.”
Consumer advocates and scientists have worked together in this unique partnership to evaluate the scientific merit of PRMRP research applications since 1999. To date, over 110 consumer reviewers have served on Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program panels alongside scientists in the review process. Colonel Wanda L. Salzer, M.D., Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs expressed her appreciation for the perspectives of the consumer advocates in 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 all of the human element involved in medical research.”
There were approximately 810 research applications reviewed for PRMRP 2014 fiscal year funds. Scientists applying propose to conduct innovative research aimed at addressing pressing needs of research in one of PRMRP 25 program areas. The DOD CDMRP 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 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program is available at the Website: http://cdmrp.army.mil.
For information about Cindy Coney go to: http://www.cindyconey.com.
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