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Cancer initiative receives state's first PCORI

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Published on May 14, 2015

The 70x2020 Colorectal Cancer Initiative isn't just raising awareness about the disease in Mississippi - it's drawn the attention of a Washington D.C.-based organization seeking to help individuals make informed health decisions. PCORI has announced its support of the initiative to the tune of a quarter-million dollars, hardly spare change to Dr. Roy Duhe, who heads UMMC's colorectal cancer awareness efforts.

Colorectal cancer screening initiative earns PCORI support

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has selected the "70x2020 Colorectal Cancer Screening initiative" spearheaded by Dr. Roy Duhe, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, to receive a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award.

PCORI will support the project with a contract for $250,000. It represents the first PCORI award received by a Mississippi institution.

A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, D.C., PCORI was authorized by Congress in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers and policy makers make informed health decisions.

PCORI funds comparative clinical effectiveness research and supports work that will improve the methods used to conduct such studies.

A related story about Duhe's work with this initiative is available at