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Research Support

The following services are available within the Department of Pediatrics:

Service Area Contact(s)

Children's Clinical Research Unit

  • Clinical trials development and implementation
  • Compliance and safety
  • Corporate research collaborations
  • Regulatory affairs

Monica Lemmon, MD
Medical Director

Senior Research Program Leader

Tara McKellar, RN-BSN
Research Practices and Clinical Trials Manager

Finance and Accounting 

Anita Herring, MBA, MHA
Finance Practices Manager, Industry Trials

Marsha Newby
Senior Grants and Contracts Manager

Grant Preparation and Scientific Review  Katherine Misuraca, PhD
Director of Research Development
Faculty Development
Manuscript Writing Assistance
Barath Ramasubramanian, MS
Program Director

Laboratory Research

  • Laboratory space, equipment and data management
  • Research with animals
Bernie Fischer, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

If you have questions or need additional information, please email

Manuscript Writing Assistance

Effective communication is critical for research funding and publication. Manuscript submissions have risen dramatically in the last two decades, and editors are too busy to sift through poor writing in order to determine research quality. They may pass on quality work that requires too great of an editing investment. The academic rigor of a manuscript should be based the nature of the research, not complex grammar or esoteric language.

The Department of Pediatrics offers manuscript assistance to faculty, including services for:

  • Improving language and structure of manuscripts to communicate discoveries more effectively.
  • Responding to editor concerns.
  • Journal targeting for rejected articles.
  • Keeping up with current stylistic trends in journal writing. [For example, many editors are shifting away from passive voice in articles, and researchers may need to update their writing style to remain current.]

To submit your manuscript for an assessment or schedule a 1:1 meeting for writing assistance, please contact: Barath Ramasubramanian at

Additional Resources 

The following additional resources are available through the Duke School of Medicine:

Duke Animal Care & Use Program

Duke University strongly affirms the essential role that research and education involving live animals has in the advancement of biological and medical knowledge. Further, Duke University acknowledges that animals used in biomedical research and education should receive the best possible care and treatment.


Animals in Research: Searching Alternatives

This Duke University Medical Center & Archives guide provides information and links to additional resources to help you conduct a thorough literature search to discover ways to reduce, refine, or replace the use of USDA-regulated species in research.


Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR)

DOCR supports the Clinical Research Units (CRUs) including all School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students by developing the navigation, tools, and training for the conduct of clinical research in which Duke serves as an investigative site.


Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development

The Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) serves as a central resource for physicians and trainees who seek additional research career development. The OPSD coordinates with research training programs across the School of Medicine to provide complementary training opportunities. 


Duke Office of Research Initiatives

The Duke Office of Research Initiatives is a joint effort of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the School of Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The office works to facilitate effective research and collaborations for the Duke research community, serving all researchers (faculty, staff and trainees) across Duke's schools, centers and institutes.


Duke Office of Research Support

The Office of Research Support provides information and training on how to conduct research at Duke from pre- to post-awards. It also provides information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects.


Duke Office of Scientific Integrity (DOSI)

DOSI focuses on developing pragmatic approaches to support research integrity, including initiatives on education, oversight and accountability, for all of those at Duke University. The Advancing Scientific Integrity, Services and Training (ASIST) office oversees the Responsible Conduct of Research Program (RCR) and provides support to research teams to ensure research best practices. DOSI, together with other offices at Duke, are working collectively to develop a strong research culture rooted in transparency, rigor and reproducibility.


Institutional Review Board

The IRB ensures the protection of human research subjects by conducting scientific and ethical review of research studies while providing leadership and education for the research community.


Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO)

OESO promotes a safe environment for the Duke Community while providing expertise in safety and health in a friendly, responsive and enthusiastic manner.


Office of Audit, Risk & Compliance

The Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance oversees compliance activities across Duke.


Office of Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving

The Office of Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving supports priority Duke Health initiatives by serving as the interface between Duke Health faculty programs and projects and the grant-making organizations, including foundations and corporations, that support basic science research, clinical research, medical and allied health education, and healthcare delivery.


Office of Licensing & Ventures (OLV)

The OLV is responsible for patents, technology licenses and new venture development for Duke University, Duke University School of Medicine and Duke University Health System.


Office of Regulatory Affairs and Quality (ORAQ)

The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Quality provides guidance and support to academic investigators involved in development of or research with drugs, biologics, medical devices or tobacco products.


Office of Research Administration (ORA)

The Office of Research Administration (ORA), is responsible for supporting investigators and administrators in the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing by managing externally sponsored research projects through the pre-award process.


Office of Research Contracts

ORC Is responsible for research-related interactions with commercial entities including clinical trials, non-clinical sponsored research, material transfers, and other related endeavors. ORC also has intellectual property management responsibilities, particularly those arising from, or closely associated with, commercially sponsored research projects.


Office of Research Development

The Office of Research Development provides services to both individual investigators and teams of investigators to help ensure submission of high quality grant applications.


Office of Research Informatics (ORI)

The Office of Research Informatics is a group of research technology professionals who provide biomedical informatics and research computing services to Duke researchers, allowing them to perform transformative research that will drive the research and educational goals of Duke Health.


Duke Office of Research Support

This University office, under the guidance of the Vice Provost for Research, oversees several administrative areas for research: the Grants, Contracts, & Compliance group; the Funding Opportunities group; the Office of Human Subjects Protection; and the Office of Export Controls.


Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

The Office of Sponsored Programs performs the post-award administration of sponsored projects.


Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) Clinical Trials Billing

The PRMO provides billing support for research projects and establishes standards for clinical trial billing throughout the institution.