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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) 2023 Annual Meeting is taking place virtually and in-person Oct. 4-5 in Washington, D.C. This unparalleled gathering of patients and caregivers, researchers, clinicians, policy makers and others contributing to vital work in health care research will explore the latest in patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) and related areas that are informing and improving patient care and health outcomes across the nation.

Two full days of dynamic sessions will tackle some of the most newsworthy health issues and greatest concerns among health care stakeholders, such as:

  • Improving perinatal mental health.
  • Using social determinants of health data to advance health equity.
  • Improving mental health for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Creating pathways to optimal heart health for women.
  • Addressing racism and discrimination in care delivery.
  • Leveraging telehealth in the post-pandemic environment.
     Vivian W. Pinn

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., FCAP, FASCP, former director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health, and PCORI’s Executive Director Nakela L. Cook, M.D., MPH, will delve into the history of publicly funded research and their shared experiences as leaders in the field in an inspiring keynote dialogue.

In another keynote session, Suzanne "Suz" Schrandt, J.D., founder and CEO of ExPPect, and Catherine Aimes, B.A., author of a university newspaper column “Chronically Catherine,” will examine recent shifts in patient engagement in research and ways to actively support patient-centered care.

     Nakela L. Cook

A plenary session highlighting PCORnet®’s first 10 years of achievements and future opportunities to support national-scale research to speed evidence generation using this PCORI-funded national research network will include perspectives from chief medical officers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and American Heart Association. Another plenary will explore achievements in getting CER results taken up in practice.

An agenda providing the full list of speakers and session topics is available on PCORI’s website.

The PCORI Annual Meeting is free and open to the public.


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

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