Administrative Core

The CTSA Administrative Core provides oversight, leadership, integration, and coordination for all Duke CTSA programs and activities. This Core acts as a central collaborative platform to catalyze discoveries across Duke’s academic health center and entire University campus. It is directly integrated into the central administrative structure of the broader CTSI, facilitating full alignment of both NCATS and Duke's clinical and translational science objectives.

Core Aims

Aim 1. Facilitate nimble and responsive CTSA leadership.

Aim 2. Implement and evaluate programs, and then disseminate best practices.

Aim 3. Improve the quality and efficiency of clinical and translational studies.

Major Activities

  • Provide tiered governance and collaborative leadership
  • Administer, coordinate, and facilitate Duke CTSA activities and communication at the local, regional, and national levels
  • Foster diverse voices and respond to stakeholder needs
  • Apply a structured program quality improvement framework
  • Study practices and provide evidence for sustained implementation
  • Disseminate best practices within Duke and beyond
  • Improve investigators’ awareness of programs facilitating high quality studies
  • Facilitate rigorous study planning and monitor study quality
  • Further decrease administrative inefficiencies

Core Leadership

Susanna Naggie, MD, MHS
Department of Medicine
Interim Director, Duke CTSI

Jennifer Li, MD
Department of Pediatrics
Co-Principal Investigator, Duke CTSA

Jim McNamara, MD
Department of Neurobiology
Co-Principal Investigator, Duke CTSA

Cinthia Sanchez, PhD
Program Director, Duke CTSA

Joe McClernon
Director, Evaluation & Strategic Planning Core

Julie McKeel
Director of Strategic Communications, Duke CTSI

Jenni Clark
Grants and Contracts Manager, Duke CTSI