Research Institute Leadership & Organization
The PAMF Research Institute (PAMFRI) is led by renowned health economist Harold "Hal" S. Luft, Ph.D., Director, Research Institute, who became the Research Institute's Director in 2008. Associate Director is Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH.
Functional Units and their Leaders
- Research Administration
- Jane Risser, MBA, B.A., Director of Research Administration
- Sarah Knowles, Ph.D., MPH: Manager, Project Initiation Services
- Methodological Resources Coordination
- Information Management Group
- Clinical Research
- Galyna Cavallaro, R.N., BSN, Manager, Clinical Research
Collaborating at PAMFRI
In 2013, PAMFRI reorganized to break out of traditional research department silos to facilitate more collaboration among its investigators. Beginning with the initial concept of "clusters" - loose affiliations of researchers who share certain methodological approaches, interests, or study the same patient populations -PAMFRI's framework for collaborating has evolved and is now known as "Brainstorm" meetings that investigators convene among themselves to obtain early and ongoing feedback on research ideas or proposals.
These meetings are designed to reduce duplicate effort, foster cooperation, and where appropriate, begin collaborations. They provide structured opportunities where investigators can "float" new ideas, seek advice and/or potential partners, or pass on suggestions. Funding allocations for formal proposal-writing begin with a presentation by an investigator in a Brainstorm meeting. These meetings are used for a wide variety of other purposes as well.
Ideas presented at Brainstorm meetings reflect the diverse research interests of the RI investigators. The span of research interest areas continually evolves at PAMFRI and currently includes the following (follow the links to see what current and past studies have been done in these areas):