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QUERI Welcomes New Program Manager!

Melissa Braganza, MPH, recently joined HSR&D's Central Office as the new program manager for the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI).As QUERI Program Manager, Melissa will provide support and guidance to the national network of QUERI programs, Partnered Evaluation Initiatives, and related projects by working with investigators and national leaders to cultivate active partnerships with VA clinical operations – and by promoting novel implementation science and evaluation methods. Prior to joining QUERI, Melissa worked as Health Services Research Manager at The Health Management Academy, where she designed and conducted surveys and other research studies focused on key strategic issues in healthcare. From 2012 to 2014, Melissa was a Cancer Research Training Award fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), exploring radiation-related and other risk factors for brain and thyroid cancers. Melissa received a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and earned her MPH from Washington University in St. Louis.

Melissa can be reached at .

Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer

If you wish to join an exciting learning collaborative of dissemination and implementation (D&I) researchers, you're invited to apply to a program entitled "Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC)" at Washington University in St. Louis. Applications are being accepted from doctorally-trained individuals (PhDs, MDs) who wish to focus on D&I research in the areas of cancer and chronic disease prevention, early detection, and survivorship. Most of the fellows will be individuals in early career stages, but some will be mid-career scholars who want to pursue D&I research in cancer. Diverse scholars from a range of disciplines are encouraged to apply. Participation in this program is two years and includes on-site training June 5th-9th, 2017, as well as continued mentoring during project development. Two spots are specifically reserved for VA affiliated researchers. Applications for the training program are due January 9th 2017. For more information and application materials, visit or email Maggie Padek at

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