Research Professionals Network

Take your career to the next level:  Join the Research Professionals Network!

The Research Professionals Network (RPN) was established to provide an opportunity for faculty and staff in Duke Health to enhance their contributions to the research community through educational and networking opportunities.  Interested research professionals can join our listserv at  


Goals and Objectives

  • Provide members with formal and informal professional development opportunities including workshops, lectures, discussion groups, and other community events.
  • Foster networking amongst research professionals both within and outside of the Duke research community.
  • Champion a culture of excellence within the Duke clinical research enterprise.


Next RPN Event

January 21, 2020 at 1PM

Part 2- Diversity in Clinical Research: What We Have Learned
Speakers: Nadine Barrett and Keisha Bentley-Edwards

Clinical research generates new evidence (or validates old evidence) about the efficacy and safety of new therapies. However, how groups of the population respond to a new therapy may vary; men may respond differently than women, older people may respond differently than younger people, and members of a certain racial or ethnic group may respond differently than another. Identifying these differences makes it imperative that we enroll diverse groups of participants into our research studies to ensure that the results are representative of the people who will make use of the therapy or treatment, thereby improving outcomes and, hopefully, reducing disparities. Unfortunately, racial and ethnic minorities have been historically underrepresented in research, creating scientific, ethical/moral, and medical issues by biasing results that are also not generalizable to the broader population.

More recently, the COVID pandemic has been real wake-up call for all of us, demonstrating how important it is that we reach out and engage minority populations in meaningful research so that we can ensure that the treatments and vaccines we develop are as appropriate for them as they are for others.

People come from all walks of life and each walk presents its own barriers to opportunity. It is not enough that opportunity exists; we must ensure that there is a clear path to accessing that opportunity, whether through the provision of additional time, effort, or resources. As researchers and research staff, we cannot simply seek answers. We must also seek to remove barriers that prohibit us from answering those questions in populations that often need us the most and are yet underrepresented in our studies. – Nicole Daniels, CRS, Sr.

We have assembled a panel of study staff and investigators who will share their experiences engaging and enrolling underserved and underrepresented populations in their research projects. The panel will provide insight and ideas, from engaging at the level of selecting a question and designing a study to answer it, all the way through planning the dissemination of study results.


RPN LinkedIn Group

The RPN LinkedIn group serves to promote networking and collaboration amongst members and other research professionals both within and outside of Duke Health. Group members are encouraged to use this platform to connect with other members, post discussion questions, share helpful resources and articles, and inform the network about other networking and professional development events in the area.

Join the RPN LinkedIn Group



All meetings cover at least one interesting topic and include time for networking with your peers.

  • Use this link to register for any of the upcoming RPN meetings


Scheduled Topics

  • February 18th
  • March 18th
  • April 15th
  • May 20th
  • June 17th

*All events will be hosted via Webex until otherwise posted.


Research Professionals Network Online

You can review the content from previous Research Professionals Network meetings using the following links.

  • December 10th, 2020 | "The Many Roles of the Registered Dietitian + Healthy Eating During Holidays"| View Webex | Slides
  • November 19th, 2020 | “Leadership During Difficult Times- There is No Time Like the Present” | View Webex | Slides
  • October 22, 2020 | “Diversity in Clinical Research: What We’ve Learned” | View Zoom
  • September 24,2020 | “Team Science” | View Zoom | Slides
  • August 20th, 2020 | “What You Should Know When Switching to eConsent” | Slides
  • June 18, 2020 Task Management Practices and Tools for Clinical Research at Duke | View Webex | Slides
  • May 28, 2020 | Developing your Growth Mindset | View Webex | Slides
  • May 7, 2020 | Professional Portfolio Development – You Don’t Have to Hit Pause! | View Webex | Slides
  • March 5, 2020 | Overview of Crucial Conversations | View Webex | Slides
  • January 23, 2020 | Resume Preparation | View WebEx | Slides
  • November 14, 2019 | Why Research Matters - Research Study-Bullous Pemphigold
  • October 24, 2019 | Growth Mindset and Mentorship | 
  • September 18, 2019 | Exploring New Technologies and Learning Opportunities | View WebEx | Slides
  • August 22, 2019 | Overview of the Clinical Quality Management Program | View WebEx | Slides
  • July 25, 2019 | Improving Readability in Clinical Research | View WebEx | Slides
  • June 6, 2019 | Project Management for Clinical Research: Myths, Realities, and Practicalities for Success | View WebEx | Presentation Slides | Overview of UNCW CLR Program
  • April 18, 2019 | WebEx Tips and Tricks for Hosting Successful Online Meetings | View WebEx | Slides
  • March 20, 2019 | Strategies for Building Your Professional Portfolio at Duke | View WebEx | Slides 
  • February 21, 2019 | Effective Communication: How to Avoid the Common Pitfalls and Maximize Professional Strengths | View WebEx | Slides | Handouts
  • January 31, 2019 | Professionalism in Research | View WebEx | Slides
  • December 6, 2018 | Social Networking
  • November 8, 2018 | Long-term Preparation for Tier Advancement Panel Discussion
  • October 19, 2018 | FDA Audits WebEx | View WebEx
  • October 11, 2018 | Professionalism in Research Conversation Café
  • September 13, 2018 | Showing Leadership at any Level Panel Discussion
  • August 9, 2018 | Work-Life Integration Workshop
  • June 7, 2018 | Professional Development and Certification Opportunities through SOCRA and ACRP
  • May 16, 2018 | Journal Club Meet-up
  • April 23, 2018 | Journal Club Meet-up
  • April 19, 2018 | “Understanding Generational Differences and How They Impact the Workplace” by Keynote Speaker Dan Nagy
  • March 21, 2018 | Journal Club Meet-up
  • March 14, 2018 | Making the Most of Your Performance Review | Slides
  • January 2018 | RPN Relaunch Event “Networking 2.0” with Keynote Speaker Kris McGuigan
  • November 2017 | Designing for Engagement, Recruitment and Retention: Do you see what they see? From Idea to Implementation | Slides
  • September 2017 | Conversation Café: Shaping the Future of the RPN
  • August 2017 | How to Introspectively Reset When Your Buttons are Pushed in the Workplace | Audio | Slides
  • June 2017 | Tools and Strategies For Managing Multiple Projects | Audio | Slides
  • April 2017 | Coordinator Self-Care in Therapeutic Areas Involving Bereavement | Audio
  • March 2017 | There Is No "I" in "Team" | Audio | Slides
  • February 2017 | Unlocking Your Leadership Potential | Audio
  • September 2016 | What REDCap Can do For You
  • August 2016 | Duke - UNC Collaborative | View
  • June 2016 | Investigational Drug Services
  • March 2016 | Office of Corporate Research Collaborations: When to use MTAs and DUAs
  • January 2016 | Documenting Data Flow
  • September 2015 | Having Difficult Conversations with Teammates, Employees and Managers
  • August 2015 | Polishing Your Impromptu Presentation Skills
  • June 2015 | Leadership in Health Care
  • May 2015 | Thinking Beyond the Silos
  • April 2015 | IRB Behind the Scenes
  • March 2015 | Research Professionals Job Classifications


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