The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), one of the key funders of comparative clinical effectiveness research, has championed patient and stakeholder engagement in research and succeeded in changing our collective expectations around including patient voices. 

This members-only event helped attendees better understand the funding priorities of PCORI from Executive Director Dr. Nakela Cook. The interactive “coffee and chat” was designed to answer questions related to navigating the PCORI funding cycle for research. Dr. Cook reviewed:

  • How PCORI is thinking about innovating their application and review process for research funding
  • What PCORI would like to see more of in the application pool in terms of topics, methods, and more
  • PCORI’s strategy to further promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the comparative clinical effectiveness research field
  • How COVID-19 has affected PCORI’s funding for health systems-related studies

Speaker List


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Board Member, Committee Member, Staff

Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP

President and CEO - AcademyHealth

Dr. Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Read Bio


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Nakela Cook, M.D., M.P.H.

Executive Director - Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Nakela L. Cook, Md, MPH, is Executive Director at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Read Bio