Giving to PAMF Research Institute
There is tremendous value and benefit to being a research institute within a health care system:
- Most biomedical researchers focus on specific conditions to examine fundamental disease processes at the molecular or cellular level. Diseases, however, occur in people who may have multiple medical problems that interact with each other. PAMFRI researchers draw on a wide range of disciplines, from economics to epidemiology to ethnography, to examine a broad spectrum of conditions and solutions in real-world settings.
- PAMFRI researchers are able to rapidly undertake important studies. Unlike academic medical centers that typically see patients after referral by their usual physicians, PAMF patients are seen over years—often decades—by the same providers. The data PAMF doctors and staff routinely collect in patients’ electronic health records are made accessible to PAMFRI researchers in an a format that removes any personal information that could identify individual patients.
- The ongoing collection of data that can be shared across projects, plus a nimble research infrastructure allows PAMFRI investigators to markedly reduce the time from project conceptualization to executive.
- PAMF clinicians and administration leaders can often implement innovations in care delivery, allowing the products of research projects to be tested in a real-world setting. Results can then be disseminated widely.
- PAMFRI researchers partner with each other and with disease experts within PAMF and at Stanford and UCSF (with whom we are formal affiliates) for content knowledge.
The health care system is changing rapidly. To design and execute projects that are forward-looking, rather than backward-looking, private funding is necessary.
Private philanthropy can help PAMFRI:
- Enable improvement in health care organization systems
- Provide resources for physicians to practice evidence-based medicine
- Evaluate the impact of health care on patients and track the impact and outcomes of care
- Establish a biobank to collect multiple samples over time, giving researchers more data points to better understand disease progression
- Focus on outcomes, quality of care and patient satisfaction
- Allow for patients to enroll in clinical trials and ensure access to the best care available
- Improve the quality of the research by making it "real-world"
- Lead post-doctoral programs to train the next generation of researchers
PAMF is rapidly transforming itself from a volume-driven to a value-driven organization in anticipation of the larger changes occurring in the U.S. health care system. PAMFRI researchers are well positioned to evaluate and report on these changes. Their findings often influence policy and practice across the nation and donors can be part of that influence.
Current need - Biobanks
The (PAMFRI) biobank will link together blood sample data (DNA, RNA, lipids and proteins) and electronic health record data (such as blood pressure and weight) from consenting patients, which will enable researchers to better understand how people develop diseases over time. Learn more about this project...