Clinical and Translational Research

Clinical and Translational Research both lead to the development of new diagnostics, therapeutics, procedures, devices, and behavioral changes that advance the public’s health.

Clinical research draws on the partnership of patients who volunteer to enroll in clinical studies.

Duke's vast clinical research enterprise includes the Duke Clinical Research Institute, (DCRI) the world’s largest academic clinical research organization. DCRI’s faculty and staff conduct groundbreaking multi-national clinical trials, manage major national patient registries, and perform landmark outcomes research. 

Translational research turns observations from the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions that improve health.

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, (CTSI) helps investigators from across Duke navigate the complex path from the lab to the real world, bringing innovations in the health sciences to life. CTSI partners with researchers to accelerate discovery and bridge the translational space that leads to improved health outcomes.