Just received this fabulous letter from the US Army! It was an honor to serve, for the third year, as the consumer reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) sponsored by the US Department of Defense.
Each year, prominent scientists and consumer reviewers gather to evaluate hundreds of research applications to determine how $50 million is spent on future medical research. During this peer review session, there were approximately 270 PRMRP research applications reviewed for 2013 fiscal year funds. Scientists applying propose to conduct innovative research aimed at the elimination of medical conditions which impact combat readiness, including interstitial cystitis. The PRMRP fills important gaps not addressed by other funding agencies by supporting groundbreaking, high-risk, high-gain research while encouraging out-of-the-box thinking.
As a full voting member, I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of the patient community as studies were evaluated. My job was to remind key scientists about the priorities of patients today. Pain relief, for example, is a critical priority. The studies submitted this year were thought provoking, promising and may pave the way for future treatments. IC researchers Sonia Planey and Michael Chancellor received large PRMRP grants in 2012 and 2011. You can learn more about this important research program at: http://cdmrp.army.mil.
– Jill Osborne, MA – President & Founder, Interstitial Cystitis Network