The DOCR Service Centers are comprised of staff members who are CITI-trained and skilled in study conduct at Duke. Services include study coordination, chart abstractions, data entry, regulatory support, etc. The DOCR Service Centers service both the DEPRU and Research at Pickett Road sites. All work performed by the DOCR Service Centers requires an agreement signed by the PI and reviewed by CRU administration.

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Service Center Model

Research at Pickett DEPRU

The Duke Research at Pickett Core Team provides a variety of research services. Whether you need a research location and staff to take care of your whole study, just a space for study visits, or additional support for your research team, we’re here to help!  Some examples of services are included below:

  • Coordination related to participant screening and randomization
  • Consenting, visit conduct, and study documentation
  • Data management and query resolution
  • Sample collection, including phlebotomy
  • Spanish translation and interpretation services
  • Questionnaire administration
  • Follow-up phone calls

All studies served by the Research at Pickett Core Team are done in close collaboration with the Investigator’s CRU.

Duke Research at Pickett is a research-only facility.  We cannot provide services for any standard of care activities.

The DEPRU is a state-of-the-art, thirty-bed research unit. DEPRUprovides the clinical research infrastructure to support investigators in the design, initiation, conduct and reporting of interdisciplinary and collaborative clinical and translational research to help understand human conditions, translate basic research findings into patient care, and develop new therapies.

DEPRU can also be your partner for industry-sponsored studies, offering either full-service execution of your studies or fee for service. Full service includes:

  • Laboratory
  • Recruitment
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Services
  • Pharmacy services available through Duke Investigational Drug Pharmacy (IDS)

Please ask our CRU Liaison if there are other services you require.

Research at Pickett is a Duke School of Medicine service center with approved rates. CoreResearch@Duke is used for invoicing. Research at Pickett will charge for all actual services performed and our staff record the services provided daily. If any pass-through costs are required, Research at Pickett will request permission to purchase in writing (email is acceptable) with the PI and the grants manager prior to charges being incurred.

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Why Choose the DOCR Service Core for Research?

  • Flexibility: you can have as little or as much support as your project needs each day, week, or month
  • Cost Efficiency: you only pay for time spent on your project, not for estimated effort
  • Predictable Pricing: you pay the same price regardless of which staff member takes care of your service
  • Team Approach: 2-3 staff are trained on every project to ensure seamless coverage if someone is sick or out of the office

How We Work With Teams and CRUs

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Service Center Facilities and Information

We are proud to offer two clinical research sites: Research at Pickett Road and Duke Early Phase Research Unit. Our facilities are equipped with the latest technology and staffed by experienced professionals dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and improving patient care. For more information about our research sites and the work we do, please explore the links provided on this page.

Research @ Pickett Facility Information

Research @ Pickett Policy Information

Research @ Pickett Handbook

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Scheduling a Participant Visit

The building is staffed Monday through Friday, 7:30a-4:30p. Subject visits outside of these hours should be arranged through the Clinic Manager.

All visits are subject to room, equipment, and staff availability. Weekday visits can generally be accommodated with 24-hour notice. Weekend, holiday, and after-hours visits require a 4-day notice if you are planning to use Research at Pickett staff members. The Clinic Manager will provide a 2-day notice if we are unable to cover a study visit due to staffing limitations. The building will be closed during holidays concordant with the Investigational Drug Services and Core Processing Labs.

Arrival Instructions for Participants


Duke Research at Pickett Road

3024 Pickett Road

Durham, NC 27705

When you arrive: 

  • Park in a numbered parking space
  • Call 919-613-1200
  • Please wait in your car. A staff member will come to your car to take your temperature and provide a mask
  • A staff member will escort you into the building

Convenient Locations

Research at Pickett

Duke Early Phase Research Unit

DOCR Service Center Leadership

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Shruti Raja, Medical Director 
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Stephanie Freel, Director of Core Services and Staffing 
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Donna Hamel, Director of Clinical Operations - DEPRU 
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Debbie Freeman, Research Practice Manager - Facility Operations