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A state of the art, thirty bed research unit, the Duke Clinical Research Unit provides the clinical research infrastructure to support investigators in the design, initiation, and conduct and reporting of interdisciplinary and collaborative clinical and translational research to help understand human conditions, translate basic research findings into patient care, and develop new therapies.

The DCRU is part of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. The DCRI is a comprehensive academic research organization (ARO) and the only one of its kind that can offer all the services of a commercial contract research organization (CRO) with the academic credibility and expertise of an academic research institute.