The UIC Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research (CPR) is an interdisciplinary research unit of the UIC College of Pharmacy, jointly established by the Department of Pharmacy Practice and the Department of Pharmacy Administration. The Center was established in November 2001 by the Illinois Board of Higher Education as the "Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research." In November 2012 the name was changed to the "Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research" to reflect an expanded scope of work conduct by the Center.
Mission. One of the only Centers of its kind, the mission of the CPR is to advance understanding of the impact of pharmacy and health care services, products, and policy by 1) conducting research in pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, and patient-centered outcomes; 2) translating and disseminating research; and 3) educating, training, and mentoring researchers.
The CPR conducts groundbreaking research. A primary goal of the CPR is to conduct ground-breaking research in pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, and patient-centered outcomes research in order to advance understanding of the impact of pharmacy and health care services, products, and policy. Research conducted by the Center is funded by a variety of sources, including pharmaceutical manufacturers, private research foundations, and by government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. For more information see Research.
The CPR is the coordinating site for the Chicago Area DEcIDE Center, one of 11 AHRQ-funded centers in the "Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness" (DEcIDE) Research Network. The primary purpose of these centers is to conduct comparative effectiveness research. For more information see Chicago Area DEcIDE Center.
The CPR disseminates new knowledge. While conducting research and generating new knowledge are important, for such information to inform public policy and impact society it must be disseminated and used. Thus, the CPR actively seeks to translate and disseminates its research findings in scholarly publications and presentations at scientific meetings in order to inform health care policy and practice. For more information see Publications.
The CPR trains future researchers. By virtue of its position as a leading research center, the CPR seeks to educate, train, and mentor current and future scientists to expand the fields of pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, and patient-centered outcomes research by providing post-doctoral fellowships and other research training experiences. For more information see Fellowship and Training.