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
Cindy Coney testifying before FDA Advisory Panel in 2011
Cindy Coney testifying before FDA Advisory Panel in 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - Jan. 14, 2015 - PRLog -- Peer review advocate Cindy Coney recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) sponsored by the Department of Defense. Coney was nominated for participation in the program by the Lupus Foundation of America. As a consumer reviewer, she was a full voting member, along with prominent scientists, at meetings to help determine how the $200M for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) will be spent for the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program and its 25 topic areas of research.

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:

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Gail Whitehead
Tags:Lupus, Peer Review, Department Of Defense, Research, Resilience
Industry:Health, Research
Location:Tampa - Florida - United States
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