The Center for Therapeutic Effectiveness Research (CTER) is a Type 1 Center within the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). The objective of CTER is to improve the public health through enhancement of the effectiveness of currently available therapies. This will be accomplished through multidisciplinary research efforts targeted at several goals:
- understanding the reasons for limited effectiveness
- developing methods to improve effectiveness
- rigorously testing these methods
- determining strategies to implement these methods in practice
CTER directly addresses treatment, monitoring, and management of therapeutics and variations in subpopulation response to medications, with special focus on appropriate use, proper choice, dose, adherence, and monitoring.
In addition to conducting research, CTER funds pilot projects, provides opportunities for students and postdocs to learn new methods, and serves as a resource for effectiveness research efforts within and outside Penn.