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Richard Wasserman, M.D.PeRC Partners with PROS Network on P30 Center Grant

In June 2012, PeRC in partnership with the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)–the nation’s largest and second oldest pediatric PBRN– were awarded a P30 center grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to create a National Center for Practice-Based Research and Learning.

Our new center, called the Center for Pediatric Research and Learning (C-PRL) is an affiliation of three networks: the AAP’s Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), the AAP’s Quality Improvement Innovation Network (QuIIN) and the Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC) of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Of eight centers funded around the United States, C-PRL is the only one exclusively focused on pediatric research.

A major advantage of the P30 grant is the ability to apply for rapid-cycle funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) released by AHRQ that will be only open to funded centers.

Dr. Richard “Mort” Wasserman, Director of the PROS network, is the Principal Investigator (PI) for this center grant.  This funding will support the enhancement of established research collaborations as well as develop new research directions.  By leveraging the strengths of our PBRN’s, we will work to improve the delivery of pediatric primary care at local, regional and national levels.