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Celebrating clinical research, transforming health

Thursday, May 26, 2016
By Julie McKeel

The 2016 Duke Clinical Research Day, sponsored by the School of Medicine, in partnership with the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Graduate Medical Education office, took place on May 19.  This event coincided with International Clinical Trials' Day (May 20), sponsored by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) to honor the contributions of clinical researchers around the world.

As one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the country, Duke manages more than $650 million in sponsored research expenditures annually. The School of Medicine oversees the research efforts of 2,000 basic science and clinical faculty members who strive to transform medicine and health through innovative scientific research and rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries. 

This research has resulted in some of the world's most significant medical and biological discoveries, leading to innovative new treatments for a wide range of human diseases.  

This year's Clinical Research event brought together faculty, staff, trainees, and students to celebrate this amazing clinical research enterprise and the vast and diverse array of activities taking place across our medical campus.

More than 30 trainees participated in a poster competition, and select faculty spoke about their transformative research.  Presenters included Linda Cendales, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Hand Transplant Surgeon, Ephraim Tsalik, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Sarah Armstrong, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Healthy Lifestyles Program, Joseph Rogers, MD, Professor of Medicine and Interim Chief, Division of Cardiology, and Lesley Curtis, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for Population Health Sciences.  The keynote speaker was Bray Patrick-Lake, Co-chair of President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative.

The poster competition winners were:

First Place: Sarah Cotter, Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability and Cognitive Dysfunction After Cardiac and Non-Cardiac Surgery

Second Place: Jonathan Martin, Randomized controlled trial of skin adhesive versus subcuticular suture for skin closure after implantable venous port placement

Third Place: Peter Hu, Efficacy and Safety of Apixaban Compared with Warfarin in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease and Atrial Fibrillation: Insights from the ARISTOTLE Trial

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