Consumer Advocate Again Serves on Scientific Peer Review Panel of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for the Department of Defense

Katie Boyce Donahue

For Immediate Release

SCIENTIFIC PEER REVIEW OF CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS’ PEER REVIEWED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ (CDMRP), Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) consumer advocate recently participated again in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the PRMRP. Katie Boyce was nominated for participation in the program once more by The Endometriosis Research Center. As a consumer reviewer, Katie was a full voting member, along with prominent scientists, at meetings to help determine how the $370 million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2022 will be spent on 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, Katie Boyce said that “It was an honor to be invited back to serve for another year. Being a representative for the patient community is a phenomenal opportunity to have a voice at the table for patients who otherwise do not when it comes to reviewing proposed research.”

Consumer advocates and scientists have worked together in this unique partnership to evaluate the merit of research applications since FY99. COL Sarah B. Goldman, Director of the CDMRP, expressed her appreciation for the consumer advocates’ hard work. “Integrating consumer perspectives into our decision-making process brings energy and focus to our research programs. Patients, caregivers, family members, and advocates help us keep our efforts centered around what is truly important to those impacted. We very much value this critical input from our consumers who help ensure that CDMRP’s work remains critical and relevant,” she said.

Researchers applying to the PRMRP propose to promote research to improve the health, well-being, and care of all Military Service Members, Veterans, and the American Public. More information about the CDMRP PRMRP is available at the website:
https://cdmrp.army.mil/prmrp/default

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Media Contact:
Hayley Gula, Public Affairs Specialist
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
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