Event Draws Hundreds to Celebrate Clinical Research at Duke

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nearly 350 faculty, staff and students attended Clinical Research Day, an annual event hosted by the School of Medicine, in partnership with the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Graduate Medical Education office. This event, held on May 18, coincides with International Clinical Trials Day, held each year on May 20 and sponsored by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals to honor the contributions of clinical researchers around the world. 

Clinical Research Day featured 5 distinguished Duke faculty member presenters:

Robert Califf, MD, Donald F. Fortin, MD, Professor of Cardiology; Former Commissioner, FDA

Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

Allan Kirk, MD, PhD, David C. Sabiston, Jr. Professor of Surgery; Chair, Department of Surgery

Nandan Lad, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery; Member, Duke Institute of Brain Sciences

Ann Marie Navar, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute

Nathan Waldron, MD, a fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology, was the featured trainee speaker. 

The event also included a poster competition with 42 posters presented by residents and fellows representing 10 clinical departments. Winners of the competition received a certificate or plaque and a monetary prize.

The poster competition winners were: 

award winners



First Place: Tashima Lambert, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Poster Title: A randomized controlled trial of patient pain perception with tenaculum placement during in-office procedures 





Second Place: Lindsay Terrell, MD, Department of Pediatrics; Poster Title: Improving the Medical Care of Children in Foster Care: An Academic Community QI Collaborative 






Third Place: Megan Turner, MD, Department of Surgery; Poster Title: Black Race and Lack of Insurance Increases Risk of Emergent Surgery for Colon Cancer 




As one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the country, Duke University School of Medicine manages nearly $700 million in sponsored research expenditures annually. The school oversees the research efforts of 2,200 basic science and clinical faculty members who strive to transform medicine and health through innovative scientific research and rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries. Their research has resulted in some of the world's most significant medical and biological discoveries, leading to innovative new treatments for a wide range of human diseases.