Clinical research is the process of using research studies to answer specific health questions. This may involve observational research, which studies health issues in large groups of people, or clinical trials, which seek to answer specific questions about drugs, devices, treatments, diet, physical activity, or other interventions to determine if they are safe and effective. Translational research transforms scientific discoveries found in the laboratory into ways to prevent, diagnosis or treat disease.
The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) makes the research process faster and easier by connecting Duke investigators to funding, project management, datasets, and other critical resources to move their ideas from the lab to the real world. Our experts provide guidance and specialized knowledge at all stages of the research process, linking potential collaborators, facilitating studies and clinical trials, and navigating the administrative and regulatory landscape. We also provide researchers with a variety of workforce development and early career programs.