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Cutting edge clinical, translational, and basic research that focuses on childhood disease is a fundamental priority for the Department of Pediatrics. The faculty and staff in the department are engaged in individual projects and also collaborate with other investigators across the Duke University community who are focused on improving the health of children. Central to the research mission of the department is a commitment to develop the next generation of clinical investigators.


While Department of Pediatrics investigators have academic homes in one of the department's eighteen divisions and hold faculty appointments at the Duke University Medical Center, much of our scientific investigation demonstrates excellence in teams and interdisciplinary work.

These groups, as well as investigators and their research programs, are supported by numerous core facilities that substantially enhance basic and clinical research programs. The cores provide investigators with sophisticated research equipment, knowledgeable advisors and experienced support staff. Duke invests annually in refreshing the cores and acquiring new cutting-edge resources to ensure that investigators have access to the best tools available.

Research Programs by Specialty



Vice Chair, Research
CCRU Medical Director

Coleen K. Cunningham, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Pathology
Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Chief, Division of Pediatric Global Health
Box 3499 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Tel:  919.684.6335 
Fax: 919.668.4859

Assistant Director
Blythe Devlin, PhD
Box 3068 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919.668.1546
Fax: 919.681.8676

Research Practices Manager
Tara McKellar, RN-BSN
Clinical Trials Manager
Box 3352 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919.668.4843
Fax: 919.681.2714

Finance Practices Manager
Anita Cherry, MBA
Box 3352 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919.681.9993
Fax: 919.681.2714

Assistant Research Practice Manager
Kathy Auten
Box 3499 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919.681.1951
Fax: 919.681.2714