People-Centered Research Foundation
Names Kathy Hudson Executive Director


Media Contact: Susan P. Landis
PCRF Communications
+1 919.257.3349

Washington, D.C. — August 16, 2017 – The People-Centered Research Foundation (PCRF) announced today that Kathy L. Hudson, PhD, has joined the organization as executive director. Hudson most recently served as deputy director for Science, Outreach, and Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the PCRF, she joins a team of national leaders in clinical research who established the nonprofit organization to accelerate people-driven research.

“On behalf of the PCRF board, I am delighted that Dr. Hudson will join the organization and join us in our mission to partner with people to prioritize, design, and conduct research that is designed to more effectively and efficiently respond to today’s research needs,” said Robert Califf, MD, PCRF chairman of the board, vice chancellor for Health Data Science for Duke Health, and former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

“In an era of personalized medicine, big data, and technological breakthroughs in healthcare, the future of healthcare will rely on evidence-based research that directly engages all people, including patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders, in the design, conduct, and governance of research to improve the health and lives of Americans more rapidly and substantively. Dr. Hudson’s experience and leadership align directly with this need.”

At the NIH, Hudson played a significant role in the most substantial restructuring of the organization in a decade: the founding and launch of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). She was a key architect of two signature scientific projects – the BRAIN Initiative and the Precision Medicine Initiative. In addition, she led efforts to ensure that policy kept pace with science including modernizing clinical trial reporting; updating the Common Rule for human subjects’ research; expanding data sharing; and developing appropriate oversight for rapidly moving areas of medical research.

Previously, Hudson held positions at the National Human Genome Research Institute, Johns Hopkins University, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Congress. Hudson received a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley; a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of Chicago; and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.

“I am honored to join the PCRF as its first executive director,” Hudson said. “I am eager to build on prior successes to sustain and expand a national network for clinical research that originated with funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and studies conducted by The National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet).”

"We commend the PCRF Board on its success in recruiting Dr. Hudson and congratulate Kathy on her appointment. She brings a wealth of experience and insight to this exciting role,” said Joe Selby, executive director of PCORI. “PCRF will build on the hard work and accomplishment of the hundreds of partners involved in PCORnet and create a sustainable, culture-changing, patient-centered research community that yields more efficient and more relevant clinical research. The vision for this kind of national network began with PCORI’s Board of Governors in 2012 and owes its success to date to generous support from PCORI.  We now see PCORnet launching a wide range of system-based clinical research. PCORI remains highly supportive and looks forward to seeing rapid growth and long-term sustainability of this network under PCRF.”

About the People-Centered Research Foundation

The People-Centered Research Foundation is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to accelerating people-driven research that is faster, more user friendly for patients and providers, and less costly. Its mission is to: engage patients, families, research participants, clinicians, scientists, and health system leaders in the design, conduct, dissemination, and implementation of research and analysis that leads to improvements in the health and well-being of individuals and populations and the performance of health care delivery systems. For additional information about PCRF, visit: