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Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training (CPeRT)

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Congratulations to Charles E. Leonard, PharmD, MSCE for receiving the Drug Therapy Research Award for his study entitled “Empiric Potassium Supplementation and Increased Survival in Users of Loop Diuretics”.

Congratulations to Brain L. Strom, MD, MPH for receiving the Oscar B. Hunter Career Award in Therapeutics from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT)!

Congratulations to Vincent Lo Re, MD, MSCE for being elected to a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology!



  • Meenakshi Bewtra MD, MPH, PhD; Angelyn O Fairchild BA; Erin Gilroy BS; David A Leiman MD, MSHP; Caroline Kerner MD, MSCE; F Reed Johnson PhD4 and James D Lewis MD, MSCE publish "Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients’ Willingness to Accept Medication Risk to Avoid Future Disease Relapse" in the Am J Gastroenterol, Epub ahead of print 20 October 2015. Read full article.

What is Pharmacoepidemiology?

Pharmacoepidemiology is the study of the health effects of drugs and other medical products in populations. It is the basic science underlying the public health practice of medical product safety surveillance. Pharmacoepidemiologists apply the research methods of epidemiology (e.g., randomized trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, self-controlled designs) to the study of pharmacology (e.g., determinants of beneficial and adverse drug effects, effects of genetic variation on drug effect, dose-response relationships, duration-response relationships, drug-drug interactions, effects of non-adherence). Pharmacoepidemiologists also evaluate programmatic efforts to improve medication use.

CPeRT Mission

The Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training (CPeRT) was founded in 2012 (although Penn faculty member have been conducting pharmacoepidemiology research since the early 1980s) and is based in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). Its mission is to:

  • Provide an intellectual home for pharmacoepidemiology at Penn
  • Promote the conduct of applied and methodologic pharmacoepidemiology research
  • Foster training of the next generation of pharmacoepidemiologists
  • Expand number of Penn faculty members performing pharmacoepidemiology research

CPeRT members are leaders in the development and use of large administrative and medical record databases for studying drug effects. CPeRT is one of the academic partners of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-funded Mini-Sentinel Initiative. CPeRT members also edit Pharmacoepidemiology, 5th edition and Textbook of Pharmacoepidemiology.

Training Programs

Pilot Grant Program

Open Faculty Positions

View a listing of open faculty positions in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.



Standing or Associated Penn faculty engaged in pharmacoepidemiologic research

Associate Investigators

Penn staff researchers engaged in pharmacoepidemiologic research

Adjunct Investigators

CCEB Adjunct Scholars engaged in pharmacoepidemiologic research

For information on obtaining an Adjunct Scholar appointment within the CCEB, please contact Sue White, Manager of Faculty Affairs (; 215-573-3874).


Trainees in Penn research training programs (including postdoctoral fellowships), instructors, and research associates, engaged in pharmacoepidemiologic research
  • Emily Acton
  • Matthew Basiaga, MD
  • Kaitlin Best
  • Dana Byrne, MD
  • Zelma Chiesa, MD
  • Jordy Cohen, MD
  • Amanda DiNofia, MD
  • Darcy Ellis
  • Ashkan Ertefaie, MD
  • Jori Fleisher, MD
  • Michael George, PhD
  • Erwin Calgua Guerra, MD
  • Rana Hamdy, MD
  • Ali Hamedani, MD
  • Eileen (Xu) Han, PhD, MS
  • Karen James, MD
  • Xinyao Ji
  • Lori Kestenbaum, PhD
  • Utkarsh Kohli, MBBS
  • Kirsten Lum, PhD
  • Todd A. Miano, PharmD
  • Tamara P. Miller, MD
  • Jamin Morrison, PhD
  • Young Hee Nam, PhD
  • Nathan Parker, MD
  • Samuel Pimentel
  • Pooja Rao
  • Paul Sonenthal
  • Junko Takeshita, MD, PhD
  • Jennifer Wilkes
  • Meijia Zhou

For infomation on joining CPeRT, please contact Sean Hennessy, PharmD, PhD, CPeRT Director (; 215-898-9112).