We had a great turnout for yesterday’s Research Appreciation event. Over 500 faculty and staff turned out for the networking occasion. This was an opportunity for all of us to appreciate the hard work of our research community and share information with our more than 20 partners representing clinical research across Duke. Prizes were raffled throughout the event and many folks received flu shots. Below is a list of winners:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.