The overall goal of the PBRN Core is to support generating and applying new knowledge to improve health care and health in the community practice settings in which most people get most of their care most of the time.

The goals of the PBRN Shared Resource include:

  • Building capacity through:
    • Network development: growing new PBRNs to meet emerging opportunities, and renewing existing PBRNs by developing network leaders, steering committees and membership
    • Supporting communication among network members, community groups, and investigators
    • Developing new PBRN methods to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment
    • Training the next generation of PBRN investigators
  • Fostering integration through:
    • CTSC shared resources: shared staffing and consultation with other CTSC Cores
    • Health care system collaboration and infrastructure development
    • Partnership with other centers of transdisciplinary research and development
  • Catalyzing research and application through:
    • Research consultation that links investigators in community and academic settings
    • Research interest groups
    • Working at the interfaces between research, development and quality improvement
    • Pilot study initiatives
    • Collaborating on specific research project

The PBRN Shared Resource is a Core of both the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative and currently supports 16 practice-based research networks in Northeast Ohio, connecting network practices to academic investigation expertise and resources and linking academic investigators to community based health care practices and their patients.

The PBRN Core model is participatory, and PBRN staff support investigators in developing partnerships with the networks, facilitating the conduct of current and future research.

Interested in PBRN research?

PBRN Core services include:

  • Connecting research investigators to diverse community-based practices and patients
  • Building linkages between academic and community partners
  • Connecting network practices to academic investigation expertise and resources
  • Recruiting clinicians and patients for participation in research
  • Providing research methods consultations, study coordination, data management, survey administration
  • Offering pilot study funding to investigators and communities
  • Linking investigators to the full array of CTSC cores and services
  • Leading and coordinating scientific Interest Groups of investigators

Initial Consultations are free. Core staff can be written into grant applications as co-investigators or study staff to provide long term support for funded projects.

Contact the PBRN Shared Resource for more information at



James J. Werner, PhD, MSSA
PBRN Director, Assistant Professor

Case Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Case Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative
Case Western Reserve University

11000 Cedar Ave, Suite 402
Cleveland, OH 44106
Office: 216-368-2996
Fax: 216-368-4348


Kurt C. Stange, MD, PhD
Co-Director, PBRN Shared Resource

Editor, Annals of Family Medicine
American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor
Professor of Family Medicine & community Health,
Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Oncology and Sociology
Promoting Health Across Boundaries
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7136
Office: 216-368-6297
Fax: 216-368-4348


Amanda Ross
Administrative Director

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Case Western Reserve University

11000 Cedar Ave, Suite 402
Cleveland, OH 44106
Office: 216-368-4622
Fax: 216-368-4348

Clinical Research Facilitators

Anindita Biswas, MA, MPH






Kelly R. Burgess, MPA






Ekaterina Dubovikova, MPA






Jeanmarie Muellner, MPA






Rachel Martukovich, MA






Maureen Riley-Behringer, Doctoral Candidate