Elevating, advancing, integrating, and accelerating equitable, inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-biased research.


To advance equity and thwart bias and racism in research across the research enterprise, Duke Health, regionally, and nationally.


  • Provide infrastructure support for research teams, and the CTSI Pillars and Cores to promote equity, anti-bias and anti-racism across all aspects of the research spectrum, process, and environment.
  • Shift the research culture toward proactive and robust planning and execution of diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) strategies in clinical and translational science.

The Duke CTSI Center for Equity in Research, established in early 2021, is addressing the profound challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial reckoning that unfolded during the summer of 2020. These challenges highlighted, among many things, a common thread around equity in health and research that has been a CTSI priority for years.

Our vision is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to improve equity and thwart bias and racism in research. The Center will operationalize CTSI’s longitudinal strategy to fully integrate equity at every level. This strategy applies an equity lens to existing services and infrastructure and will evolve as new initiatives and projects are launched and expanded.

The Duke CTSI Equity in Research (EIR) Core, housed within the Center, is focused on elevating, advancing, and accelerating equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist research. The work of the EIR core is at the heart of the mission of the Center as it promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity throughout the research enterprise at Duke.


Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, MA, MS   |   Email: nadine.barrett@duke.edu
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine and Community Health

Co-Director, CTSI
Equity, Community and Stakeholder Strategy

Director, Center for Equity in Research
Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Associate Director
Equity, Community and Stakeholder Strategy
Duke Cancer Institute