The Equity in Research (EIR) Core aims to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of the research process and environment.

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The Equity in Research (EIR) Core aspires to elevate, advance, and accelerate equitable, inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-biased research.


The EIR Core aims to:

  • Provide infrastructure support for research teams and CTSA Cores to promote equity, anti-bias, and anti-racism across all aspects of the research process and environment.

  • Shift the research culture toward proactive and robust planning for diversity, equity, and inclusion in clinical and translational science research

Why should equity be part of the research enterprise?

Even when research is not related to minority health or health disparities, recruiting people from diverse racial, ethnic and other marginalized groups significantly enhances generalizability, improves population health, and ultimately advances research and health outcomes for all participants.

EIR services and resources help the Duke research community to:

  • Develop intentional recruitment strategies

  • Deepen awareness of personal, cultural, and system fears and biases

  • Understand the history of abuse and exploitation in clinical trials and medicine

  • Create inclusive study materials

  • Foster equitable community engagement

  • Enhance participant diversity by engaging with special populations

Core services provided by EIR include:

  • Resources and study material development

  • Workshops and trainings

  • Consultations

  • Equity in Research curriculum for TL1 and KL2 scholars and the National Clinician Scholars Program

  • Community connections


Nadine Barrett, PhD
Senior Advisor

Keisha Bentley-Edwards, PhD

Pamela Maxson, PhD

Judy Seidenstein
Senior Advisor

Dane Whicker, PhD