SCIENTIFIC PEER REVIEW OF THE PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH
PROGRAM FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
December 15, 2017
The Peer Reviewed Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) consumer advocate Tom Hulsey recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the PCRP sponsored by the Department of Defense.Mr. Hulsey was nominated for participation in the program by ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer in Alexandria, VA. As a consumer reviewer, he was a full voting member, (along with prominent scientists) at meetings to help determine how the $90 Million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2017 will be spent on PCRP 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, Mr. Hulsey said, “the advocacy work he is doing with ZERO and as a Consumer Reviewer at the PCRP go hand in hand. It is vital to protect and grow federal funding in order to ensure researchers have resources to develop new treatments and early detection methods.”
Consumer advocates and scientists have worked together in this unique partnership to evaluate the scientific merit of research applications since FY1996. Colonel Wanda L. Salzer, M.D., Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs expressed her appreciation for the consumer advocates perspective during the scientific review sessions. “The Consumer Reviewers on each panel are instrumental in helping the scientists understand the patient’s perspective and provide valuable insight into the potential impact of the proposed project. They bring with them a sense of urgency and remind us all, of the human element involved in medical research.”
Scientists applying propose to conduct innovative research focused on the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhancing the well-being of men experiencing the impact of Prostate Cancer. The PCRP fills important gaps not addressed by other funding agencies by supporting groundbreaking, high-risk, high-gain research while encouraging out-of-the-box thinking.
More information about the Department of Defense PCRP is available at the