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).

For more information about Special Populations Core aims and activities, please visit the Special Populations e-library:

Seeking a Faculty co-lead to join the Core

The Duke CTSI/CTSA Integrating Special Populations (ISP) Core is seeking a Faculty co-lead to join the Core in its objective to facilitate participation of special populations in clinical research. This person will work collaboratively with the Core Program Director, other SPC Faculty Co-Leads, and other Core team members to envision, develop and champion evidence-based programming to support clinical research inclusive of population groups and ages representative of relevant geographic area(s) and health condition of interest. See the full job description and more about the ISP Core activities on the ISP elibrary website.

If interested, send cover letter/email and resume to

Core Objectives

  1. Provide resources to accelerate and amplify life course and disparities research

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

  3. Expand professional networks of life course and disparities investigators

Request a Consult


Keisha Bentley-Edwards, PhD
Assistant 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
HRSA/ISP Research Analyst II; Program Coordinator

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