Duke Early Phase Clinical Research: Facilities and Amenities

Duke Early Phase Clinical Research: Facilities and Amenities

Duke Early Phase Clinical Research has the capability to provide services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The Early Phase Unit has 10 hospital-graded beds to service the needs of research subjects who require specialized hospital care during the course of their study visit.

Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, MD, PhD
Director, Duke Early Phase Clinical Research

“The Duke Early Phase Clinical Research Unit is a highly specialized environment to conduct cutting-edge early phase clinical research in healthy volunteers and patients. We are uniquely positioned to advance breakthrough health discoveries from the laboratory to humans.”

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Our hospital-based beds maximize subject safety and provide on-site access to a full array of specialized procedures and technologies. The remaining beds are classified as confinement beds. These beds are designed to house subjects who do not require medical standard-of-care procedures during their study stay.

Additionally, the Early Phase Unit has six well-equipped examination rooms, two processing laboratories, and a metabolic kitchen.


Subjects have access to wireless Internet throughout the clinic and televisions in their shared rooms. If protocols permit, subjects can also access our multipurpose room, a subject reading room, laundry facility, and a large, comfortable lounge equipped with games, computers, and television.

Our Professional Staff

While at the Duke Early Phase Unit, subjects are cared for by a team of hospital-credentialed nurses, certified nursing assistants, certified medical assistants, medical laboratory technicians, phlebotomists, and nutrition personnel.


We have immediate, around-the-clock access to an on-site, full-scale emergency response team and MD coverage. The DCRU also provides extensive security measures for your staff and subjects, including cameras, alarms, locked elevators, and Duke Security personnel on-site 24 hours a day.