The Forum for Collaborative Research, founded in 1997, is a public/private partnership addressing cutting-edge science and policy issues through a process of stakeholder engagement and deliberation. The Forum’s impetus was a request from Vice President Al Gore to convene all stakeholder groups to discuss and discover opportunities for cross-sector dialogue and collaboration. Forum stakeholders include representatives from government, industry, patient advocates, health care providers, academia, and foundations. The mission of the Forum is to enhance and facilitate research by bringing together all relevant stakeholders in a neutral, inclusive space to identify gaps and impediments, frame issues, and help set research strategy in order to address emerging issues in HIV/AIDS, liver diseases (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis), viral hepatitis (B and C), cytomegalovirus, among others. The Forum’s scope includes research addressing prevention, treatment strategy, health service utilization, and health policy.
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