The TRANSFORM Awards in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) seek to fill gaps in knowledge by providing critical information to clinicians and their patients on important health care decisions.  Recognizing the potential for CER to enable the research community to identify the key factors and policies that will lead to improved health across all strata of society, CER scholars acquire the necessary skills to be effective CER researchers and mentors. TRANSFORM developed multiple CER awards in order to meet the needs of investigators at varying stages of their career, comprising of:



Through CER-STAT (Comparative Effectiveness Research: Summer Training in Applications and Techniques), young investigators had the opportunity to learn designs and strategies for CER that will give them the skills to successfully pursue novel research and independent funding opportunities. The five-week program provided scholars:

  • Cost coverage for program related expenses (tuition, program fees)
  • Didactic training through the Mailman School of Public Health (10 credits, may be used towards a degree)
  • Opportunity for participants to engage in a summer project and develop independent research proposals
  • Access to mentors

For more information on the Columbia Summer Research Institute (CSRI), please visit: http://csri.cumc.columbia.edu

Eligibility: Post-doctoral fellows or faculty members holding doctoral degrees such as the PhD, MD, DO, DrPH, DDS, DMD, DVM, or an equivalent as well as doctorally-prepared nurses. Individuals ineligible for CER-STAT include current and former principle investigators on NIH research grants (R01), subprojects or program project (P01) or center grants (P50).


KM1 IMMERSE IN CER (Innovative Mentroing and MPH Education in Research and Scientific Excellence in Comparative Effectiveness Research)

Components of the program for Junior Faculty:

  • a research Master's degree (the MPH/EOR) with didactic training
  • ongoing grant-writing support
  • interdisciplinary research and education
  • career development colloquium
  • mentoring

Eligibility: Junior Faculty within three years of their initial appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor or who will be appointed as an Assistant Professor by the time funding begins. KM1 scholars may not simultaneously submit or have pending an application for any other PHS mentored career award (e.g., K07, K08, K22, K23) that duplicates the KM1 program.

Components of the program for Mid-level Faculty:

  • training in CER
  • grant-writing support
  • collaborative opportunities
  • mentorship training

Eligibility: Have at least one prior research grant and have been appointed to the rank of Associate Professor within the last three years; or have been appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor for at least four years; or have extensive formal training in the area of CER and will be appointed as Assistant or Associate Professor as of July 1, 2012.


FIRST in CER seeks to train and develop junior scientists who can improve public health and reduce health disparities throughout the nation. The R25 PRIDE award provided junior faculty members from a diverse background the essential skills to conduct comparative effectiveness research and analyze some of the most complex health problems in the nation. Components of the program:

  • 14-months of training, mentorship and grant writing
  • Cost coverage for all program related expenses
  • Didactic training through the Mailman School of Public Health
  • Opportunity for participants to engage in a summer project and develop independent research proposals
  • Career development
  • Long-term mentoring experience

For more information, click here: http://www.mailman.columbia.edu/academic-departments/select-programs/pride

Eligibility: Junior faculty members from a minority group that is under-represented in the biomedical health sciences holding doctoral degrees such as the PhD, MD, DO, DrPH, DDS, DMD, DVM, or an equivalent as well as doctorally-prepared nurses. Individuals ineligible for R25 PRIDE include current and former principle investigators on NIH research grants (R01), subprojects or program project (P01) or center grants (P50).

PRIDE Program Participants:

Roger Carbajal, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (New York Medical College)
Urinary Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (U-NGAL) as a predictor of  acute kidney injury (AKI),  and mortality in patients older than 65 years, admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Juan DeLaCruz, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics and Business (Lehman College)
Differences in health outcomes between Hispanics and Whites aging with HIV in NYC

Joan Dempster, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Columbia University)
Practice of Mindfulness in Reducing Eczema Flares

Ernst Garcon, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology (Columbia University)
Comparing cerebral perfusion patterns of older adults with Vascular and Non-Vascular depression using MRI arterial spin labeling (ASL)

Titilayo Ilori, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Emory University)
Patient Navigation to Improve Access to Kidney Transplantation in African Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease 

Larissa Jennings, PhD, Asistant Professor of Public Health (John Hopkins University)
Evaluating Financial Match Incentive Policies for Use at Farmer’s Markets in Underserved Communities on Youth’s Weight and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Dziwe Ntaba, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (Columbia University)
Supplemental Package of Home-Based Perinatal Care to Reduce Neonatal Mortality in Burundi

Uchenna Ofoma, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Geisinger Medical Center)
Associations Between Intensive Care Unit Discharge Lag Time, Readmission Rates & Hospital Mortality

Casey Overby, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (University of Maryland)
An Electronic Health Record-linked Decision Support Tool to Enhance Genomic Medicine Implementation

Adrienne Phillips, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Columbia University)
Population Differences in Human T Lymphotropic Virus Type I (HTLV-I), Adult T-cell Leukemia/Lymphoma (ATLL) and Novel Biomarkers

Rachel Torres, EdD, Assistant Professor (Borough of Manhattan Community College)
Factors Influencing Quality of Life and Treatment Management in Patients with Celiac Disease

Graduates of PRIDE Program

Ellen-ge Denton, PsyD, Assistant Professor (College of Staten Island)
Perceived alienation (physician-patient communication/rapport, distorted cognitions about illness) is associated with poor medical adherence.

Helena Duch, PsyD, MA, Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health (Columbia University)
Early childhood obesity among low-income, minority children

Mark Fields, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor (Medical University of South Carolina)
Critical factors involved in photoreceptor differentiation and then modulate expression of these regulators for use in stem cell based therapies

Brandi Franklin, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor (University of Tennessee)
1) Exploring issues in chronic disease self-management in youth, with emphasis on addressing health disparities, 2) conducting cost-effectiveness and decision analyses alongside clinical and community studies, and 3) building capacity for faith-based health promotion, education, and intervention

Diana Hernandez, PhD, MA, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (Columbia University)
Latino communities in the U.S. impacted by HIV/AIDS (CITES)

Marionette Holmes, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor (Spelman College)
Models of service delivery designed to care for homeless HIV positive persons

Keila Lopez, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Baylor College of Medicine)
Identifying health disparities among minority and underserved children; focusing on access and resource utilization surrounding congenital heart disease

Kajua Lor, PharmD, Assistant Professor (Touro University College of Pharmacy)
Comparative effectiveness of patient education techniques for Latinos/Hispanics with Diabetes

Koyejo Oyerinde, MBCHhB, MSc, Assistant Clinical Professor (Columbia University)
Active management of referral for emergency obstetric and newborn care in Montserrado County, Liberia: A prospective cluster randomized trial

David Riley, MD, MS, Assistant Clinical Professor (Columbia University)
Emergency Department Physician Interrater and Intrarater Reliability of Ultrasound Imaging to Assess Skin and Soft Tissue Infection in Light-Skinned and Dark-Skinned Patients

Omolara Uwemedimo, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor (Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine)
Evidence-based, cost-effective interventions proven to reduce global childhood morbidity and mortality  in low-income countries

Vaughn Whittaker, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor
Factors associated with non-compliance in pre and post transplant patients in New York City Renal Transplant Cohort

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Sophia Li Ferry, Senior Program Manager