The Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) of the Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) funds research projects in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of Prostate Cancer.

Malecare has been asked for nominations of advocate representatives to participate on those peer review panels. We invite you to apply.

To be considered as a “consumer reviewer”, an individual must be:

·        A survivor of prostate cancer;

·        An active participant in a prostate cancer–related organization (support, outreach, advocacy);

·        A high school graduate or equivalent;

·        Fluent in reading, speaking, and writing in English

·        Willing and able to represent the views of their community rather than their personal perspective; and

·        Have basic computer skills and have access to a computer with an internet connection.

Nominated individuals will be evaluated by the CDMRP based on the extent of their participation in outreach and advocacy, commitment to learning about and sharing scientific and medical information, communication skills, participatory skills, and ability to represent their community’s perspective

 All applications must be emailed to by May 18, 2012, with CDMRP in the subject line of the email. Please attach .doc or .docx files with the three parts of the application process to an email.

  1. Nominee info
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Resume

NOMINEE INFORMATION.  Cut and paste the following questions into your word processor and then save file for emailing along with your personal statement and resume.

Street Address (No P.O. Boxes):
City: State: Zip Code:
Home Phone:
Work Phone:

E-mail Address:

Are you a survivor/patient? Yes No
Peer Review Experience: Have you served on a peer review panel before? Yes No
If yes, indicate dates of service and organization:
Department of Defense
US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Demographic information:
Highest Degree Attained: High School/ Equivalent A.A. B.A. /B.S. DDS/MSW/MPH.

Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, White

Date of Birth (optional) Month Day Year


Please use the following to guide you in writing a personal statement.

Describe your activities in advocacy and other community groups, in a narrative of no more than 2 pages by addressing the following:

  • Describe your relationship in the advocacy/support group Malecare.  (do you attend online/in-person groups, do you sign petitions or write advocacy related emails, do you read the website or participate on malecare-yahoo support groups?
  • How would you represent Malecare (as someone who supports Malecare’s advocacy for men diagnosed with prostate cancer)?
  • How do you keep informed about issues or developments related to prostate cancer and describe what resources you routinely use (e.g., seminars, classes, journals, support groups, internet, and library)?
  • If you have served in peer review before, what were your experiences and how do you feel they have benefited others?
  • Describe a situation in which different views represented a barrier to the completion of a task and your approach to overcoming this.
  • How would you evaluate a scientific proposal in which the research proposed challenged your ideas, values and/or beliefs?

Please complete and email the above three parts in .doc or .docx files to me by May 18, 2012.  with CDMRP in the subject line.  You can also email any questions to me, in advance.

  1. Nominee info
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Resume

We will be honored to nominate you!

Below is more information about the CDMRP

The 2012 Prostate Cancer Program

The Prostate Cancer Research Program responded to advocates by involving consumers (an individual living with prostate cancer) in the review process. Selected consumer reviewers bring their community’s perspective, their firsthand experiences, and a sense of urgency to the process of identifying research focused on prostate cancer. Consumer reviewers underscore the need for good basic and clinical science, improved medical care, and increased survival.

Congress appropriated $80 million in FY12 for the Prostate Cancer Research Program.  Applications submitted for the funds go through a two-tier review process to identify the best research applications. In the first tier, applications are reviewed for technical merit through a process known as peer review. In the second tier, programmatic review, applications are compared to each other and funding recommendations are made based on technical merit, the relevance to the mission of the DOD and PCRP, and the specific intent of the award mechanism.

 We are recruiting for the nomination of individuals to participate as novice consumer reviewers for peer review. Approximately 4 weeks before the peer review meeting,  consumer reviewers will be assigned applications to review.  Consumer reviewers focus their written reviews on the significance of the proposed work as it relates to improved medical care, enhanced quality of life, and the potential of the work to make an impact toward ending prostate cancer.

■ Meetings are usually held in the Washington, DC, area for 2–3 days

■ Travel, accommodations, meals, and honoraria are provided for all reviewers