Heather Baer, ScD, an associate epidemiologist at BWH, and Joel Weissman, PhD, deputy director and chief scientific officer for the Center for Surgery and Public Health, were recently approved for research funding awards from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Baer and Weissman were two of 34 recipients approved for funding by PCORI's Board of Governors.
Baer, who was awarded about $2 million in funding, proposed an online weight management program integrated with support from primary care practices to help patients lose weight in a more convenient and accessible way. Weissman, who was awarded about $1.4 million, is focusing on the increasing complexities of medical research, expanding treatment options and rapid changes in the health care delivery system, which have led to changes in how research is conducted.
PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.