Stürmer receives PCORI grant to fund program on comparative effectiveness research

June 29, 2012
Dr. Til Stürmer

Dr. Til Stürmer

Til Stürmer, MD, MPH, PhD, will receive a $690,502 award from the nonprofit organization Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a project titled “Methods to Increase Validity of Comparative Effectiveness Research in the Elderly.”

Stürmer is professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, director of the UNC Center of Excellence in Pharmacoepidemiology and Public Health, and a member of UNC’s North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute.
He will lead an interdisciplinary team that will examine methodologies for comparing the effectiveness of elderly patients’ treatment after myocardial infarction, especially in terms of their risk for re-infarction and hospitalization for heart failure.
PCORI recently announced 50 research funding awards, totaling $30 million over two years, through its Pilot Projects Program.
Projects like Stürmer’s “will improve our understanding of how to conduct research and disseminate research findings in ways that are more responsive to the needs of patients and the health care community,” said PCORI executive director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. The researchers “will help us establish a foundation for patient-centered research that will give patients, caregivers and clinicians the information and tools they need every day,” Selby said.
PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions.


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