Letter from the Director

September 1, 2015

I'm pleased to report on the recent successes of the Center over the past academic year. We've had some fortunate growth, and have laid groundwork for our continued development. 

In 2014 we welcomed new staff, new faculty.  Ethan Balk  joined the Center in the fall of 2014.   Ethan has been a colleague and friend for many many years, and we were ecstatic to have him join the team. In addition, to my great pleasure, Dale Steele formalized his ties with the Center, after having collaborated closely with us on Evidence-based Practice Center projects over the past few years.  Dale is primarily affiliated with the Medical School, where he is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.

This past year, we expanded the Center's breadth with two innovative training initiatives.  We welcomed an inaugural class of "K12 Scholars" into a new program provides unique interdisciplinary training opportunities to prepare scholars to become independent investigators in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR).  The program launched with three scholars (Lauren Catalano, Ijeoma Azodo and Gus Yip), and two others (Francesca Beaudoin and Andrew Zullo) will join them in the fall of 2015.  We also hired a new Program Manager, Stacey Springs, to serve as our 'Academic Factotum' and develop this Scholars program and another training initiative focusing on content delivery.   

Center Faculty brought in six new grant funded projects over the course of the last year, netting just shy of 3 million dollars in direct and indirect costs for fiscal year 2015.  We received great news early in the year, when we were designated de novo as an Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  We are among a handful of teams who have been with the EPC program since its inception.   

Lastly, I'd like to wish my teacher and Co-Director, Joseph Lau, a happy retirement, which went into effect on September 1. I remain perpetually in his debt and know that his retirement is not a goodbye, just a long, and well-deserved break.  The Center and AHRQ started a wikipedia page in his name and honor. Please contribute here.

Signing off,
TA Trikalinos