Stürmer and Thomas offered congratulations on PCORI award

Stürmer and Thomas offered congratulations on PCORI award click to enlarge UNC's Til Stürmer and Kathleen Thomas two of 50 to have their projects awarded through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Pilot Projects Program.

The Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC) extends our congratulations to the university’s Til Stürmer and Kathleen Thomas whose pilot programs were approved through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors April 25.

Stürmer, a Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center of Excellence in Pharmacoepidemiology and Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded $690, 502 for his project, “Methods to Increase Validity of Comparative Effectiveness Research in the Elderly.”

Thomas, a Research Associate at the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, was awarded $692,735 for her project, “An Approach to Capture Divergent Stakeholder Views on Future Research Needs.”

Stürmer and Thomas are two of 50 researchers to be awarded through the program this year.

The PCORI Pilot Projects Program will support the collection of preliminary data that can be used to advance the field of patient-centered outcomes research, providing the platform for a future PCORI research agenda. Pilot Projects will support the identification of methodologies that can be used to advance patient-centered outcomes research as well as identify gaps where methodological research needs further development.


The pilot projects will address a broad range of questions about methods for engaging patients in various aspects of the research and dissemination process. All awards have been approved pending completion of a business review and a formal award agreement with PCORI. Learn more about the pilot projects program at http://www.pcori.org/pilot-projects/.