Research That Shapes
Tomorrow’s Patient Care
Our faculty include scientists, statisticians, and practicing physicians who see patients each day. Together with our experienced and knowledgeable operations teams, they design and implement innovative clinical trials grounded in the realities of patient care. We expand the impact of clinical research beyond regulatory approval by designing trials that advance our fundamental understanding of health and disease and inform efforts to improve the quality of care.
Putting Knowledge Into Practice
The DCRI's faculty members, researchers, and operational teams are setting new standards that change the way healthcare is delivered. Every day, we work to address the challenges faced by patients, physicians, government agencies, and research sponsors. We do this by changing the way clinical trials are conducted, by putting our knowledge into practice, and by designing educational programs that inspire and prepare the next generation of clinical researchers.
At the DCRI, our values honor our history and guide our actions and daily decisions. Our values and our mission help us define what it means to be successful—as an organization, as individuals, and as a partner to our sponsors. Together, we are making tomorrow better than today—one patient, one question, one innovation at a time.
1969 Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease
The inception of the DCRI dates from 1969 and the formation of the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease (DDCD), a research group within Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). The Databank was the result of an idea of then-Chairman of Medicine, Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD, who envisioned it as a "computerized textbook of medicine," using information gathered by one physician today to help other physicians care for similar patients tomorrow.
Since 1969, data about all patients undergoing invasive cardiac procedures at Duke have been entered into the DDCD, which has since been expanded to include noninvasive diagnostic procedures. The continuous maintenance of the DDCD has provided DCRI faculty and staff with extensive experience with a long-term follow-up system, including ascertainment of hospital records. The Databank is the world's oldest and largest cardiovascular database.