Established in 2019, the UF Center of Drug Evaluation and Safety (CoDES), housed in the College of Pharmacy, unites a multi-disciplinary group of big data researchers in epidemiology, health economics, health services research and decision-sciences who evaluate and project drug outcomes to guide policy, clinical and personal decision-making. In addition to delivering new actionable evidence, CoDES fosters the development of new methods and analytic tools to enhance drug evaluation and regulatory science. CoDES focuses in research, training and service to integrate resources on the assessment and improvement of drug use nationally and internationally.
CoDES research areas are embedded in active research programs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy and a variety of collaborating Departments, Centers and Institutes. CoDES has access to all facility and data infrastructure of the Department, which also provides the oversight of data use and user management policies and procedures required by state and federal data policies.
Research facilities: CoDES serves as hub for researchers located outside of the department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy for access to big data research infrastructure including POP’s large data repositories. Researcher can request use of POP’s computing environment (secured for use of personal health information) and databases based on a cost recovery fee schedule and purchase support by data analysts and research assistants trained in the use of claims and EHR data.
Training: CoDES supports a postdoctoral fellowship program and scientific exchange between its members via seminars, a listserv and a Twitter handle (@UFCoDES).