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Nair Appointed to ICER California Technology Assessment Forum Evidence Appraisal Council

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Dr. Kavita Nair, PhD, Professor, has been appointed to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) California Technology Assessment Forum independent evidence appraisal council. Over the last decade her primary research interests lie in evaluating the treatment of neurological diseases. Primarily in examining the comparative effectiveness of disease modifying agents used in the management of multiple sclerosis using a combination of several measures to include brain atrophy measurement, clinical cognition, blood biomarkers and patient reported outcomes.

Dr. Nair leads the Neurology Investigator Initiated Trials Team (NIITe) program in the Department of Neurology whose primary goal is to foster research relationships between neurology investigators and industry partners. Her other areas of interest involve improving access related issues and assessing the disruption in care for patients with neurological conditions taking infusible agents. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Coding and Payment Policy Subcommittee and a member of the Health Services Research Subcommittee at the American Academy of Neurology. Read the entire ICER media release below, or click here

New members bring expertise in broad range of perspectives, including patient advocacy, health policy, economics, and clinical practice 

  The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has appointed new members to each of its three independent evidence appraisal councils: the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF), the Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (Midwest CEPAC), and the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (New England CEPAC). 

“Each of the independent appraisal councils plays a vital role in furthering a public dialogue about pricing and access,” said ICER’s President and CEO Sarah Emond, MPP. “As experts in evaluating evidence across many fields, they can consider the strengths and limitations of evidence on the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of the different health care interventions ICER reviews. Through their public deliberations, the appraisal councils also have the opportunity to hear further input directly from patient representatives, clinical experts, and other stakeholders.” 

Appraisal councils are regionally based experts in areas including health services research, health economics, technology assessment, medical ethics, patient access and advocacy, and clinical medicine. Council members are chosen based on their expertise in reviewing and applying medical evidence in a variety of contexts. All members must meet strict conflict of interest criteria to participate in ICER’s meetings. 

The newest members of each of the councils include: 

Kavita V. Nair, PhD, Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Department of Neurology (joint appointment), CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Anschutz Medical Campus 

Jayani Jayawardhana, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Management & Policy, University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health 
David Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago 
Jimi Olaghere, Sickle Cell Disease Advocate; Entrepreneur, Sugarloaf Capital 

Maria Kefalas, PhD, MA, Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Saint Joseph’s University 
Julie Kueppers, PhD, NP, Vice President of Clinical Analytics and Advocacy, Alera Group 
Josephine Porter, MPH, Chief Strategy Officer, New Hampshire Center for Justice and Equity 
Joseph Ross, MD, MHS, Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and Public Health (Health Policy and Management) at the Yale School of Medicine 
Rishi Wadhera, MD, MPP, MPhil, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, Associate Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 

About ICER 

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is an independent non-profit research institute that produces reports analyzing the evidence on the effectiveness and value of drugs and other medical services. ICER’s reports include evidence-based calculations of prices for new drugs that accurately reflect the degree of improvement expected in long-term patient outcomes, while also highlighting price levels that might contribute to unaffordable short-term cost growth for the overall health care system. 

ICER’s reports incorporate extensive input from all stakeholders and are the subject of public hearings through three core programs: the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF), the Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (Midwest CEPAC), and the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (New England CEPAC). These independent panels review ICER’s reports at public meetings to deliberate on the evidence and develop recommendations for how patients, clinicians, insurers, and policymakers can improve the quality and value of health care. For more information about ICER, please visit ICER’s website. 


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