Outcomes Research Centers 2008

Updated:Oct 24,2012

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The American Heart Association and its Pharmaceutical Roundtable have awarded grants totaling $14.5 million for the Outcomes Research Centers initiative.  The project will provide a network for cardiovascular and stroke research focusing on the end results, or outcomes, of healthcare for people with or at risk for heart disease and stroke. The initiative is supported in part by a generous gift from American Heart Association national board member David Spina and his wife, Stevie Spina, of Wayland, Mass.  

It’s expected that the interaction among the centers will provide in-depth knowledge and support breakthroughs in outcomes research, while uncovering challenges and successful mechanisms for active collaboration among research centers.  Over the next four years, these four centers will conduct research to determine what interventions, environments, patient factors and other issue most influence improvements in healthcare outcomes for heart disease and stroke patients.  Center investigators will meet regularly and share information with each other, as well as provide training for research fellows.

The Outcomes Centers research will explore those interventions and activities that work best and provide the most value in improving healthcare outcomes.  The results of the collaborative effort will ultimately contribute to informed practice and policy decisions by patients, providers, payers and legislators.

Saint Luke's Hospital's Mid America Heart Institute and UMKC/KU Awardees

John Spertus, M.D., M.P.H., and David Cohen, M.D. - Center Co-Directors
Science Project: Developing novel strategies to translate individualized, patient-centered, risk prediction models into the process of routine clinical care
Award start date: 10/01/2008  Award end date: 09/30/2012 
Total Award Amount: $2,374,872

John Spertus, M.D., M.P.H. - Project 1 PI
Institution:  Mid America Heart Institute
Project Title:  Transforming Informed Consent for PCI into an Evidence-Based Decision-Making Experience

University of California, Los Angeles Awardees

Barbara Vickrey, M.D., M.P.H., and Jeffrey Saver, M.D. - Center Co-Directors
Science Project: Reducing stroke occurrence and improving stroke outcomes in vulnerable populations
Award start date: 10/01/2008  Award end date: 09/30/2012 
Total Award Amount: $3,891,800

William Cunningham, M.D., M.P.H. - Project 1 PI
Institution:  University of California, Los Angeles
Project Title:  RCT of an Intervention to Enable Stroke Survivors in the Los Angeles County Health System to "Stay with the Guidelines"

Arleen Brown, M.D., Ph.D. - Project 2 PI
Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Project Title: Are neighborhood characteristics associated with stroke incidence and outcomes?

Stanford University School of Medicine and Kaiser Permanente of Northern California Awardees

Mark Hlatky, M.D., and Alan S. Go, M.D. - Center Co-Directors
Science Project: Defining and delivering optimal therapy for ischemic heart disease and chronic heart failure in routine practice
Award start date: 10/01/2008  Award end date: 09/30/2012 
Total Award Amount:  $3,891,675

Mark Hlatky, M.D. - Project 1 PI
Institution: Stanford University School of Medicine
Project Title:  Defining and Delivering Optimal Therapy for Coronary Artery Disease in Clinical Practice

Alan Go, M.D. - Project 2 PI
Institution: Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, Oakland
Project Title: Longitudinal effectiveness and safety of pharmacologic and device therapies for chronic heart failure

Duke University School of Medicine Awardees

Eric Peterson, M.D., M.P.H. - Center Director
Science Project: Improving transitional care for patients with coronary disease, myocardial infarction  and heart failure
Award start date: 10/01/2008  Award end date: 09/30/2012 
Total Award Amount: $3,891,176

Hayden Bosworth, Ph.D. - Project 1 PI 
Institution:  Durham VA Medical Center
Project Title:  Supporting Post MI Risk Modification Intervention via Telemedicine Evaluation (SPRITE)

Chris Granger, M.D., M.B.A. - Project 2 PI
Institution: Duke University Medical Center
Project Title: The RACE to Improve STEMI Care

Adrian Hernandez, M.D. - Project 3 PI
Institution: Duke University
Project Title: Preventing Recurrent Failure



The deadline for this program has passed.

Pharmaceutical Roundtable Outcomes Research Centers invite applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships (beginning in July 2010).  
The deadline for applications was Jan. 30, 2010.

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