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


June 6 2019











Jared Kerr, Assistant. Professor at UNC Wilmington - College of Health and Human Services

Project Management for Clinical Research: Myths, Realities, and Practicalities for Success

Jared Kerr, Assistant. Professor
UNC Wilmington - College of Health and Human Services

Project management is a method to help people work together as a team to manage and control a natural tendency towards disorder.  Using project management methodologies, tools, and techniques, a research team can improve their likelihood of success.  However, the myths of project management can lead to over-promises and under-delivery.  

In this presentation, Jared Kerr will dispel of the myths, discuss the realities, and offer practical application of project management for the clinical research enterprise.  Participants will learn how each person can be part of a project management solution.  Participants will learn how to plan, organize, prioritize, communicate, and integrate research activities. By working together across roles, organizations, behaviors, and interest, teams can be more effective and efficient in their research endeavors.



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.

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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

  • June 6, 2019 | Project Management for Clinical Research: Myths, Realities, and Practicalities for Success | 1:00 pm | Trent Semans Great Hall
  • July 25, 2019 | Improving Readability in Clinical Research | 1:00 | Trent Semans Great Hall


Research Professionals Network Online

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

  • 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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