Two new initiatives launched in the fall of 2014, both of which support research activities in Duke Medicine.
The first, aimed towards research support personnel, is the Research Professionals Network (RPN). This network provides an opportunity for research professionals in Duke Medicine to strengthen their role in their study teams. The RPN's mission is to advocate for our members' research careers, provide options for formal and informal education, connect members with other professionals, and develop high standards in the research community. Interested research professionals can join our listserv at email@example.com. More information for about the network and upcoming activities can be found here DOCR Research Professional's Network (RPN).
The second initiative, which involves supporting our Duke Medicine faculty, is grant development support. Staff in DOCR who have experience writing and implementing research in a variety of therapeutic areas are offering their services to review grant proposals. The review is targeted at understanding the operational feasibility of the proposal – ensuring that it is well-budgeted and can execute its activities and planned. If you know of faculty who may be interested in this free service, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR) supports the CRUs (including all faculty, staff, and students) by developing the “navigation, tools, and training” for the conduct of clinical research in which Duke serves as an investigative site. The School of Medicine Clinical Research Units (CRUs) are the organizational and functional structures that provide support for clinical research in which a Duke Medicine department, center or institute, CSU or school serves as the investigative sites for the research; or a Duke facility or staff member is responsible for a research activity that involves intervention or interaction with Duke patients, use of biological specimens from Duke patients or access to confidential, private information from Duke patients. The CRU is the operating business unit responsible for oversight including integrity, financial accountability, regulatory compliance, quality, and academic productivity of clinical research studies. In 2013, there were more than 4,000 active studies in the Clinical Research Units at Duke, with 30% funded by industry and 30% funded by the federal government. The remaining research portfolio is supported by other non-profit foundations and internal funding.
The DOCR also serves as the home for resources and services for the investigative site-based research community. The Research Management Team (RMT) is housed within DOCR (Snyder et al. 2012). RMT is a valuable resource to investigators at Duke who can seek effort for designated periods of time for specific tasks – thus, saving monies throughout the life of the study by using this shared resource instead of hiring and managing for longer periods (especially during times of development when less work may be needed from “boots on the ground.”).
There are a number of documents on the DOCR website that are behind the Duke firewall and only accessible after providing a username and password and/or logging in through VPN. If you are Duke personnel and are unable to access one of these documents (such as a policy, procedure, CRU document etc.), then please send an e-mail to email@example.com for assistance.