Centers and Institutes

The Division’s research enterprise is brought together in the Center for Research on Health Care, which houses several centers each pursuing distinct research agendas while fostering collaborations. The Division’s research education and training pursuits are achieved through the Institute for Clinical Research Education, which aims to develop a cadre of clinical and translational scientists. The Division’s VA-related research is accomplished through the Center for Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP).

Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC)

The CRHC provides a forum for talented multidisciplinary investigators from throughout the university community to collaborate in high-quality health services research and train future investigators in methods and practices critical to the conduct of rigorous and exemplary research.

Palliative Research Center (PaRC)

Our research focuses on improving quality of care for patients with serious illness and their families through the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based palliative care interventions.

Center for Behavioral Health, Media, and Technology

A multidisciplinary group of clinicians, researchers, and staff from the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, and Carnegie Mellon University interested in testing cutting-edge technology to improve health.

CHAllenges in Managing and Preventing Pain (CHAMPP)

CHAMPP provides a hub for research across campus in this area to share resources, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and ultimately advance science in this field. A robust pain research environment for core faculty is created through the Center’s activities, including regular strategic planning meetings and a well-attended Works-in-Progress series that allow faculty and staff to present current work and receive feedback on study findings.

Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI)

CWHRI is an interdisciplinary group of health services researchers dedicated to improving women’s health through innovative, high-quality, health services research. Their work encompasses all aspects of women’s health, with particular attention to vulnerable populations, women in the military, racial disparities, and sex- and gender-based differences in health and disease.

Center for Clinical Trials and Data Coordination (CCDC)

The CCDC is a leader in the design, conduct, coordination, and analysis of clinical trials. Established in 2015, the CCDC guides clinical trials from conception to closeout, employing a system that seamlessly integrates critical elements of clinical trial management. Emphasis on standardization and streamlining, combined with the established statistical analysis and data management infrastructure of the Center for Research on Heath Care (CRHC) Data Center, makes the CCDC the preeminent place for comprehensive clinical trials-related support.

Center for Research on Health Care Data Center

The CRHC-DC provides quality statistical analysis, database development, website design, and other graphic design services to research across the University.

Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing (CP3)

The mission of the CRHC-affiliated CP3 is to foster multidisciplinary collaboration to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of medication use. CP3’s focus is on informing the regulation and coverage of pharmaceuticals and improving patient and prescriber decision-making on prescription drugs.

Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE)

The ICRE’s primary objectives are to develop, nurture, and support a cadre of clinical and translational scientists by building on the University of Pittsburgh’s existing clinical research training programs to establish a comprehensive program with activities ranging from early research exposure for high school students to programs for faculty.

Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)

CHERP’s mission is to advance the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable veteran populations.

Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication

Promotes the development of effective communication skills between physicians and their patients and serves as a focal point for education and research on one of the key issues in contemporary medical education.

RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute (RUPHI)

RUPHI, a formal collaboration between RAND Health and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, aims to build a collaborative, interdisciplinary health services research enterprise focused on addressing important local and national health care problems.

Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Center

The Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Center aims to improve health care and self-management support for people with chronic health conditions, mobilize the power of patients’ social networks to improve health, develop innovations in care management and coordination for complex patients, and understand the impact of changes in primary care organization and policy.

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