Susanne Van Weelden, senior director of research in the Department of Ob-Gyn, was recently selected as a Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) Ambassador. The PCORI is authorized by Congress to conduct research that provides patients and their health care providers with information that helps them make better informed decisions. The intention of PCORI’s research is to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options. The organization has approved 279 awards with over $464 million provided to patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research.
The Ambassador Program was established to help patients, organizations, and other stakeholders share PCORI’s vision and mission with their communities, participate as full partners in research, and help ensure the sharing and use of information generated from PCORI-funded projects. Ambassadors network in their communities and are active participants in a wider national network of PCOR. They call for input and information, participate in training, and most importantly, build positive relationships with the healthcare community.
In addition to being accepted into the Ambassador Program, Van Weelden is also a national reviewer of research funding applications and will travel to Washington, DC in May for her first in-person merit review panel. PCORI reviewers are essential in helping the organization fulfill its mission and fund research that is both scientifically rigorous and truly patient-centered. All reviewers assess the applications against a special set of distinctly PCORI – and patient-centered – criteria. For more information on PCORI, please contact Van Weelden at 215-5030.