Centers and Institutes

Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC)

Faculty members in the BIAC are leaders in imaging methodology development, analysis techniques, as well as in their application in cognitive and clinical neurosciences. In addition, BIAC offers imaging services to other faculty members on campus and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. 

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Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

The Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development is a multi-disciplinary hub for the promotion of healthy aging across the lifespan and management of social and medical complexities in late life. With more than 126 affiliated faculty members from across the University and Medical Center, and millions of dollars annually in aging-related research funding, the Center is a vital national resource for the study of aging.

Current research includes: studies of resilience to late-life stressors; age-related functional decline; genomic, proteomic and metabolomic biomarkers of aging; exercise; osteoporosis; Alzheimer’s disease; cancer and aging; viral diseases of aging; depression in later life; caregiver stress; and religion/spirituality and health.  The Center is also dedicated to advanced training and innovative education for the next generation of gerontologists and geriatricians, and to expanding and enhancing the field of aging-related research at Duke and beyond.

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Duke AI Health

Duke AI Health connects, strengthens, amplifies, and grows multiple streams of theoretical and applied research on artificial intelligence and machine learning at the University in order to answer the most urgent and difficult challenges in medicine and population health. Designed as a multidisciplinary, campus-spanning initiative, AI Health harnesses expertise and insights across multiple schools, centers, and institutes at Duke to bring to bear the power of machine learning and related quantitative fields on medicine, healthcare delivery, and the health of individuals and communities.

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Duke Cancer Institute (DCI)

By uniting hundreds of cancer physicians, researchers, educators, and staff across the medical center, medical school, and health system under a shared administrative structure, the DCI offers unprecedented opportunities for teamwork among laboratory scientists and health care providers caregivers in Duke hospitals and clinics.

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Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s mission is to help brilliant investigators from across Duke navigate the complex path from the lab to the real world, bringing innovations in the health sciences to life. Comprising more than twenty expert groups, CTSI supports everything from pilot project funding that catalyzes discovery to study design and recruitment strategies developed with valuable insights from knowledgeable teams of engaged community collaborators. CTSI partners with researchers to accelerate discovery and bridge the translational space that leads to improved health outcomes. CTSI also provides crucial early-career support and training to the next generation of translational scientists, helping Duke attract and retain the bright minds that will develop tomorrow’s breakthrough innovations.

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Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI)

The world’s largest academic clinical research organization, the DCRI’s mission is develop, share, and implement knowledge that improves health around the world through innovative clinical research. The institute, which was founded in 1996, has helped to shape the fundamental approaches to clinical research and is known for conducting groundbreaking multi-national clinical trials, managing major national patient registries, and performing landmark outcomes research. The DCRI is a pioneer in cardiovascular and pediatric clinical research, and also encompasses multiple other therapeutic areas, including infectious disease, neuroscience, respiratory medicine, and nephrology.


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Duke Forge

Duke Forge is Duke University’s new center for health data science. Located within the School of Medicine, the center unites experts from across the campus with interest and expertise in data science. Faculty, staff, and students create innovative approaches to fuse biostatistics and machine learning and implement insights gained into improving patient care and leveraging digital information to enable healthy living and disease prevention.

Duke Forge is led by Robert M. Califf, MD, vice chancellor for health data science and former FDA commissioner.

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Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI)

Faculty members in the DGHI work to reduce health disparities in the local community and worldwide. The DGHI recognizes that many global health problems stem from economic, social, environmental, political and health care inequalities, and the institute brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and to train the next generation of global health scholars.

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Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI)

The Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) has established a place of national and international leadership in the fight against major infectious diseases.  The DHVI plays an integral leadership role in the Global HIV/AIDS Vaccine Enterprise and is a pioneer in emerging infections and biodefense research.

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Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS)

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) is a cross-school, campus-wide, interdisciplinary institute at Duke University with a commitment to building an interactive community of brain science research and scholarship. DIBS encourages innovation and collaboration that transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines, bringing together a diverse community of academics from biomedical science, social science, physical science, humanities, law, business, public policy, mathematics, computer science and engineering.  

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Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI)

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) promotes innovation in health and health care through high-impact innovation pilots, leadership development, and cultivation of a community of entrepreneurship. DIHI brings innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in health and health care by catalyzing multidisciplinary teamwork across Duke University and Duke Medicine and by fostering collaborations with national and international thought leaders.

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Duke Molecular Physiology Institute (DMPI)

The DMPI produces integrated multi-omics and physiologic profiles of chronic human diseases, and uses such profiles to develop new disease detection strategies, novel therapies, and insights into disease mechanisms.

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The Marcus Center for Cellular Cures

The Marcus Center for Cellular Cures (MC3) at Duke University School of Medicine has been established to bring together physicians and faculty across medicine and engineering at Duke to develop cellular and biological therapies for autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis and related brain disorders.

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Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine

The Trent Center is committed to the critical examination of ethical and social issues in the practice of medicine, the process of research and the distribution of resources to improve health.

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School of Medicine Initiatives


MEDx (Medicine + Engineering at Duke) fosters the exchange of ideas and creates research opportunities between physicians, engineers, computer scientists, researchers and innovators at Duke University. It promotes the training of the next generation of researchers and clinicians to work symbiotically on new solutions to complex clinical problems. It also works to develop strategic commercialization opportunities to translate research advances into effective devices, therapeutics and care delivery systems.​

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Regeneration Next

Regeneration Next is a Duke University School of Medicine initiative with the goals to advance discovery research and education in the broad field of tissue regeneration for faculty, trainees, and staff throughout the Duke University campus, and to enable translational applications for regenerative medicine.

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