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Recovery Act-Funded Institutional Comparative Effectiveness Research Mentored Career Development Awards (KM1)

The NCI Recovery Act-funded Institutional Comparative Effectiveness (CER) Mentored Career Development Awards (KM1) enable academic research institutions to train and build interdisciplinary teams of scholars to pursue CER—a relatively new research area—to understand which cancer detection, treatment and management options may be most effective in specific patient populations in real-world settings.

These programs will support the development of the nation’s workforce of health professionals who have expertise and experience in CER and thereby enhance the quality of the nation’s health. Below are the eight institutions that are expanding their training infrastructure to offer a focus in CER.

  • Columbia University is establishing the IMMERSE (Innovative Mentoring and MPH [Master of Public Health] Education in Research and Scientific Excellence) Program in CER. This program will enhance the career development of faculty from diverse disciplines and career levels. Program participants will gain expertise in advanced CER methods and experimental approaches that will allow them to successfully compete for external funding in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. View grant abstract.
  • Tufts University is developing a comprehensive infrastructure through its Clinical and Translational Institute (CTSI) to support the development of innovative methods and training for fellows and scholars in CER. The CTSI offers an array of disciplines, novel methods and collaborative research opportunities focused on "bedside-to-practice" and "practice-to-policy" translational research. View grant abstract.
  • Washington University is using existing infrastructure, which includes the Center for Clinical Research Training, the Institute of Public Health and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences, to develop and implement a new CER career development program. Investigators will conduct research to determine the best treatments, tests and procedures for patients, leading to improved health outcomes and a reduction in costs for unnecessary or ineffective treatments. View grant abstract.
  • The University of Pennsylvania is initiating a program to support the development of postdoctoral fellows and junior and senior faculty members to pursue careers in CER. Candidates supported through this program will complete research projects that focus on the generation, translation and dissemination of evidence in CER, including evidence related to prognostic, preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic or palliative medical interventions. View grant abstract.
  • The University of Utah is establishing a training program in the emerging field of Translational Comparative Effectiveness Research (T-CER). This program will train diverse groups of scholars in conducting and disseminating T-CER that is relevant to stakeholders, aligned with national priorities, and able to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes. View grant abstract.
  • The University of Chicago is collaborating with the University of Illinois at Chicago in a joint mentored career development program in CER for faculty, fellows and postdoctoral scholars. This program will offer instruction in the fundamentals of CER, as well as experimental training in the design of clinical trials, information and decision analytic approaches, or methodologies for observational data analysis in CER. View grant abstract.

  • Duke University is developing an interdisciplinary CER training program focused on biostatistics, cancer and cardiology. This program will match mentors from diverse CER methodological backgrounds with scholars committed to a career in CER. A "team science" approach will emphasize statistical methodology, medical insight and cross-discipline communication. View grant abstract.
  • The Oregon Health & Science University is developing an annual intensive summer workshop that provides training in the fundamentals of CER methods. The six-day workshop brings together 40 promising investigators from across the U.S. The workshop includes training from national experts on CER principles and research methods, guidance in CER grant proposal development, and discussions on best practices in engaging stakeholders in research design, implementation and dissemination. By the end of the week, each participant should have a working CER proposal to build upon and ultimately submit for funding. More information and application deadlines for the Oregon Institute for Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness (ICE) program are available at www.ohsu.edu/ice.