Funding the Next Generation of Learning Health System Researchers:AHRQ and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) are partnering to award a total of up to $8 million annually to as many as 10 institutions to train researchers to work in learning health systems. Grantee institutions will prepare clinician and research scientists for independent research careers within care delivery systems, equipping the scientists to advance the field through training and scholarship. A joint blog post by AHRQ Director Gopal Khanna, M.B.A., and PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, M.D., M.P.H., further outlines the initiative. Funding applications are due January 24, 2018.
AHRQ’s Ongoing Support for the Fight Against Breast Cancer: A blog post by AHRQ Deputy Director Sharon Arnold, Ph.D., details how AHRQ fights breast cancer by providing data, funding research and supporting screening recommendations for women. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and AHRQ-funded statistical briefs highlight the rising number of double mastectomies and breast reconstruction surgeries. The agency has also supported evidence-based breast cancer screening recommendations and research on the effectiveness of DNA-based testing to determine treatment courses for breast cancer patients.