About CTER

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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 public health and patient-centered outcomes by enhancing the effectiveness of currently available therapies and improving care within health systems. This is 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.


The mission of CTER is to improve the effectiveness of existing therapeutics (including medications, devices, vaccines, and care plans) through clinical research.



Center for Therapeutic Effectiveness Research
922 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA  19104-6021