Scientific Peer Review of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program for The Department of Defense

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ (CDMRP), Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) consumer advocates Laura Kadetsky and Mike Metzler recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the PRCRP. Laura and Mike were nominated for participation in the program by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.  As consumer reviewers, they were full voting members (along with prominent scientists) at meetings to help determine how the $115 million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2021 will be spent on cancer 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, Laura said, “I was honored to be a consumer reviewer in the CDMRP’s PRCRP and to represent cancer patients and caregivers in the research application review process and the possibilities it opens up for future patient care”.

Consumer advocates and scientists have worked together in this unique partnership to evaluate the merit of research applications since FY09. 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 PRCRP propose to advance mission readiness of U.S. military members affected by cancer and to improve quality of life by decreasing the burden of cancer on Service members, their families, Veterans, and the American public. The PRCRP fills important gaps by supporting groundbreaking research while encouraging out-of-the box thinking.

More information about the CDMRP’s PRCRP is available at the website:

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