The Special Populations Core facilitates research that promotes health equity for populations that have traditionally been under-represented in health research or excluded altogether, including:

  • Infants and children/pediatric populations (birth to 21 years)

  • Adolescents and young adults

  • Older adults    

  • People with disabilities and/or rare disorders

  • People who have been underserved or underrepresented in clinical research (e.g., African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, rural populations or populations with low socioeconomic status).

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What We Do

  • Provide resources to accelerate and amplify life course and disparities research

  • Build workforce capacity in life course and health disparities research.

  • Expand professional networks of life course and disparities investigators

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Keisha Bentley-Edwards, PhD
Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine
Associate Director of Research, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

Dwight Koeberl, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics (Medical Genetics) and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Duke University School of Medicine

K.K. Lam, PhD 
Clinical Health Project Leader, CTSI

Jillian Hurst, PhD
Director, Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI)
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics

Sydney Sullivan, MPH
ISP Research Program Manager