Our mission is to support high-quality clinical research at Duke by providing a comfortable and accessible research space, and an efficient, diverse, and inclusive research team.
Duke Research at Pickett is a free-standing research facility supported by the Research at Pickett Road Core Team. Space for research activities and core services are available at a fee-for-service cost to investigators across Duke.
The Duke Endowment Grant
In June 2021, Dr. Susanna Naggie, Vice Dean for Clinical Research, and a team of Duke research leaders were awarded a 2.6 million dollar Duke Endowment grant to establish a community-engaged research hub at the Duke Research at Pickett site over the next 3 years.
Goals of the Pickett Community Partnered Research Initiatives
Promoting integrated research communities and enabling innovative partnered approaches to prioritize and solve health problems.
Increase community engagement (a space for education, outreach, and advisory boards)
Increase diversity in clinical research populations
Support junior investigators (voucher funding from grant)
Training site for interns from local Durham and North Carolina colleges
Why Choose Research at Pickett?
Duke Research at Pickett Road is a facility that provides the space, equipment, and staffing needed to meet a variety of clinical research study needs. Located in a former Duke Health clinic building, the site is a welcoming space for research participants with free surface parking, a drive-through entrance, and 30 exam rooms.
Research at Pickett maintains shared equipment for all study teams using the facility at no additional cost. Gloves and non-surgical face masks are available for all teams using the facility. A standard list of supplies including IV lines, gauzes, bandages, etc. for research participants are included when using the Service Center.
- Vital signs machines
- Dash monitors
- ECG Machine
- Infusion pumps
- Suction pump
A supply of emergency medications based on the Duke University Hospital hypersensitivity protocol is available for teams using the facility. The hypersensitivity protocol is available in your MaestroCare build.
Samples drawn at the facility may be processed onsite by the SSCRS BSL2+ laboratory. DUHS Clinical Lab and LabCorp drop boxes are also available on-site.
Duke Clinical Research at Pickett Road is a clinical research site that provides the space, equipment, and staffing needed for clinical research study visits.
Service Center Model
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.
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.
Dr. Jeffrey Guptill is Associate Professor of Neurology at Duke University School of Medicine. He serves as Director of the Duke Early Phase Clinical Research Unit (DEPRU) which is the phase 1 and proof-of-concept clinical trial unit at Duke and as Medical Director at Research at Pickett Road. He performs clinical trials in all therapeutic areas and serves as principal investigator for a National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) contract to perform phase 1 clinical trials for therapeutics under development for neuroscience indications.
Research at Pickett Team
Sally Taylor, Clinical Research Coordinator
Sally has over 15 years of professional experience with a focus on improving operational efficiencies, communication strategies, and data management in both non-profit and corporate businesses.
Folayan J. Morehead, RN, MSN, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
Folayan has over five years of clinical research experience that has been developed across multiple reputable sites and a wide range of specialties. Her research expertise involves clinical skills, regulatory responsibilities, biospecimen processing, leadership, and more. She enjoys helping others, including patients and her team members, and has a passion for research.
Caroline Sanner, RN, MSN, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
Caroline began her career as an Army Nurse Corps office and worked inpatient medical-surgical nursing and nurse management before moving to North Carolina. She has her Masters in Nursing Informatics and is board certified in nursing informatics. She comes to the Research at Pickett team with excellent project and personnel management experience and sound clinical skills.
Jordan Hairston, Clinical Research Coordinator
Jordan is a 2019 Biology graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and hails from Winston-Salem, NC. He is a certified EMT, and he administered over 2,100 COVID-19 vaccines at Duke. He now oversees COVID-19 clinical trials and helps spread awareness about research opportunities to underrepresented populations.
Policies and Procedures
Research @ Pickett Policies
Research @ Pickett Handbook
Click here to access the handbook
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
Originally established in October 2020 by the Duke School of Medicine to enable rapid investigation of COVID 19 outpatient trials, both the facility and staffing service core are now open to researchers and their studies across any therapeutic area. In developing the research facility and team, we have focused on easy and comfortable access for research participants, a diverse workforce, and quality processes. We are dedicated to maintaining a research environment that can optimally service our research and participant communities.