DCRI At A Glance

DCRI At A Glance

As part of the Duke University School of Medicine, the DCRI is known for conducting groundbreaking multinational clinical trials, managing major national patient registries, and performing landmark outcomes research. Our thought leadership influences the care of patients across the lifespan and extends to every phase of research—from early phase to post-market surveillance.


Our Studies

Clinical research must be designed in a way that gets to the answer clearly, accurately, and efficiently. Today, that means rethinking conventional approaches and introducing pragmatic methods to help speed study implementation.

In fiscal year 2019, DCRI's Study Phase portfolio was 7% phase 1 trials, 22% phase 2, 7% phase 2 and 3 hybrid, 47% phase 3, and 17% phase 4. Approximately 52% of our studies were considered small, 20% medium, 7% large, and 21% mega trials. Our study population in fiscal year 2019 was 2% pre-natal/neonate, 11% pediatric, 4% adolescent, 82% adult, and 1% geriatric. Approximately 54% of DCRI's revenue came from government funding sources, while 46% were industry.
Of DCRI's 140 faculty, 67 are assigned to the Department of Medicine in the following divisions: 40 in cardiology; 2 in clinical pharmacology; 1 in dermatology; 2 in endocrinology; 5 in gastroenterology; 3 in general internal medicine; 5 in infectious diseases; 6 in nephrology; and 3 in pulmonary medicine. Our other 73 faculty members represent the following departments and schools: 1 in anesthesiology; 2 in electrical and computer engineering; 5 in neurology; 7 in orthopedics; 15 in population health sciences; 1 in the Sanford School of Public Policy; 19 in biostatistics and bioinformatics; 1 in obstetrics and gynecology; 15 in pediatrics; 5 in psychiatry and behavioral sciences; and 1 in surgery.

 Our Faculty

Our faculty leaders are some of the world's foremost authorities on the science, study, and application of clinical research, making them uniquely positioned to understand the operational, financial, and regulatory implications of numerous project designs.

Our Site Network

The depth and breadth of DCRI's collaborations reach around the globe to more than 40 countries. In the U.S. alone, the DCRI network touches every state plus Puerto Rico, with more than 1,520 sites.


 Our Publications

The DCRI’s mission is to develop and share knowledge that improves the care of patients around the world through innovative clinical research. One of the primary ways in which the DCRI does this is through scientific publications. The DCRI has produced more than 15,000 publications since 1996.

2018-2019 DCRI Annual Report

DCRI's Annual Report illustrates how DCRI faculty members, fellows, and operational staff are working in multiple therapeutic areas to further our mission to develop and share knowledge that improves the care of ​patients around the world through innovative clinical research. ​