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address the world’s most pressing issues.

Duke produces some of the world’s most significant research that solves problems, advances knowledge and improves lives. Gifts to support faculty-led research allow us to create knowledge in service to society in areas ranging from education and business to brain science and cybersecurity.   

Research that gets results

Duke research improves lives. From medical breakthroughs to new insights on medieval poets, people benefit when Duke scholars and students dig into real-world questions. View their findings, which make the world a healthier, cleaner, nicer place to be.

Kevin Cheng with his band Kirins performing as part of Duke’s 2020 Lunar New Year Showcase. February 7, 2020.
The Bright Sounds of Being Together

In a life where everything has come to a halt and a pandemic goes on, it’s hard to find the silver linings. Sometimes it’s only after sifting through the recent past that we realize that even this…

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The Bright Sounds of Being Together
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Taking a Giant Leap: Private Family Support Propels Promising New ALS Study

When facing an illness such as ALS, one in which there currently is no proven treatment to stop or reverse it, patients often look to clinical trials for options for living longer and better lives…

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Taking a Giant Leap: Private Family Support Propels Promising New ALS Study
An artistic rendering of a new type of hyperspectral imaging detector. Depending on their size and spacing, nanocubes sitting on top of a thin layer of gold trap specific frequencies of light, which heats up the materials beneath to create an electronic signal.
Moore Inventor Fellowship Will Help Mikkelsen Pursue Hyperspectral Cameras

Maiken Mikkelsen, the James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, wants to change the world. She aims to develop a small, inexpensive…

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Moore Inventor Fellowship Will Help Mikkelsen Pursue Hyperspectral Cameras
Large telescopes help cosmologists create a map of the so-called “cosmic microwave background,” or the remnant radiation from the Big Bang. From those images, astronomers plug what they (think they) know about dark energy, dark matter, regular matter and gravity into a model. Out pops a present state of the universe, and a prediction of the Hubble constant.
Packard Fellowship Supports Duke Cosmologist in Studying What Makes Up The Universe

A five-year, $875,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation will help assistant…

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Packard Fellowship Supports Duke Cosmologist in Studying What Makes Up The Universe
A boost for innovation to improve student wellness
A boost for innovation to improve student wellness

Sumeeta and Sumit Nanda M.D.’87, P’18, P’19 were impressed with Duke’s efforts to advance precision health and wellness, concepts which were developed by students working with Dr. Geoffrey…

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A boost for innovation to improve student wellness
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Exploring health risks beyond the human genome

Exposomics aims to measure people’s cumulative exposures to environmental contaminants over the course of their life and identify how these combined exposures influence the risk of developing…

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Exploring health risks beyond the human genome
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Shining a Light on Who Voted and Who Should Run

Nick Carnes thinks working-class Americans need seats in government, and that all of us deserve more than polarized, angry politics.

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Shining a Light on Who Voted and Who Should Run
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Pratt School of Engineering gets a new home 

Duke Engineering’s new 150,000-square-foot academic building is set to open in 2020, providing a home for the school’s education, research and…

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Pratt School of Engineering gets a new home 
Transforming Eye Care for Children
Transforming eye care for children

Diagnosing and treating ophthalmic disorders in pediatric patients can require multiple appointments with various specialists.

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Transforming eye care for children
A big boost for scientists addressing global challenges
A big boost for scientists addressing global challenges

Duke is at the forefront of addressing the world’s most difficult challenges: epidemic disease, climate change, energy sustainability and more.

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A big boost for scientists addressing global challenges
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Best of Both Worlds: The Physician-Scientist

Translating research discoveries into patient treatments is challenging work.

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Best of Both Worlds: The Physician-Scientist
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Emerging tech at Duke is leading global sanitation research

It’s estimated that today 2.4 billion people use unsafe sanitation – and 525,000 children under the age of five die each year from diarrheal illnesses linked to it. 

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Emerging tech at Duke is leading global sanitation research
Cook Center's social equity research advances bold solutions
Cook Center’s social equity research advances bold solutions

Interdisciplinary research in the social sciences at Duke is helping to shape policy in Washington.

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Cook Center’s social equity research advances bold solutions
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Faculty and students collaborate on societal challenges

Dani Moore ’85, president of the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, wanted to support partnerships between faculty and students to address pressing challenges.

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Faculty and students collaborate on societal challenges
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Building the next generation of nurses who promote health equity

At Duke University School of Nursing, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda Ph.D., the Dorothy L. Powell Term Chair of Nursing, is making sure the next generation of nursing students at Duke understand that public…

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Building the next generation of nurses who promote health equity
A twist in the human genome
A twist in the human genome

Basic scientific research in the lab of Hashim Al-Hashimi has the potential to improve our fundamental understanding of genome architecture.

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A twist in the human genome
Illuminating the intersections of art and science
Illuminating the intersections of art and science

Kay Young ’84, M.D.’90 used her experience as both a professional painter and medical doctor to explore intersections of art and science and how these intersections can impact human experiences.…

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Illuminating the intersections of art and science
Seed grant helps big brain ideas grow bigger
Seed grant helps big brain ideas grow bigger

The DIBS External Advisory Board pooled $100,000 to fund an additional Research Incubator Award, for a total of six awards granted this year. 

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Seed grant helps big brain ideas grow bigger
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Gift showcases student research

More than 50% of Duke students engage in undergraduate research. It is a cornerstone of a Duke education that helps students develop critical thinking skills and analytical reasoning. 

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Gift showcases student research
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Flexible support helps DIBS advance brain research

Michele Cascardi ’88, P’20, P’22, a new member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences External Advisory Board, understands that unrestricted support is especially important because it allows the…

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Flexible support helps DIBS advance brain research

Over 50% of all Duke undergraduates have a research experience at Duke before they graduate.