Population Sciences at Duke

Committed to interdisciplinary research and training, Duke University offers an expansive network of centers and institutes that provide resources, intellectual leadership and synergy for population research. As integral members of this larger Duke research community, DUPRI faculty frequently hold appointments in a number of other University institutes and centers.

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Center for Child and Family Policy
The Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) is working to solve problems facing children in contemporary society by bringing together scholars from various disciplines with policy makers and practitioners, in an effort to improve the lives of children and families.

Center on Health and Society
The Center on Health & Society (CHS) connects scholars at Duke, and provides various forms of infrastructure support for research on health disparities, including: research symposia; distinguished lecture series; grant support through Dukes Social Science Research Institute; dissemination of information on health disparities research and grants; and a weekly writing and research productivity group for junior faculty postdoctoral scholars.

Children's Health and Discovery Initiative at Duke
For more than eight decades, the faculty and staff in the Department of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine have conducted pioneering child health research, and expertly trained future pediatrician-scientists. Now, under the umbrella of the recently launched Children's Health & Discovery Initiative, these efforts will have an even bigger and broader impact. By bringing together pediatric physician-scientists and faculty experts from a variety of fields across the Duke campus, the new initiative will drive multidisciplinary research collaborations focused on improving children's health and identifying pediatric origins of disease.

Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
The Duke Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (Duke OAIC) seeks to support research and training that improves the independence of older Americans. The Center’s primary focus is understanding and optimizing reserve and resilience.

Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
The Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development serves as a resource for the entire Duke University and Medical Center community with a primary interest in geriatrics and the study of aging. Center research focuses on age-related functional decline and dysmobility, genomic, proteonic and metabolic biomarkers of aging, exercise, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and aging, viral diseases of aging, depression in later life, caregiver stress, and religion/spirituality and health.

Duke Energy Initiative
The Duke University Energy Initiative is a university-wide interdisciplinary collaboration focused on advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system. The Initiative reaches across business, engineering, environment, law, policy, and the arts and sciences to educate tomorrow’s energy innovators, develop new solutions through research, and improve energy decisions by engaging business and government leaders.

Duke Global Health Institute
The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) works to reduce health disparities locally and worldwide. Recognizing that many global health problems stem from economic, social, environmental, political and health care inequalities, DGHI brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and to train the next generation of global health scholars.

Duke Initiative for Science and Society
The Duke Initiative for Science & Society examines the integral role of science in law, policy, social institutions and culture. Advances in science and technology rapidly change the world we live in, shape our lives and culture, and raise myriad ethical, legal, and policy-related questions: What are pressing social problems for which there may be technological solutions? What steps promote just distribution of beneficial technologies? What policy issues does emerging science raise? How can different stakeholders work together to promote good science? And how can we tell when science is ‘good enough’ to be used as the basis for legal and policy decision-making? The Initiative for Science & Society examines these and other broad-ranging questions.

Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (Duke I&E) aims to put ideas into action. Duke I&E leverages the innovations that grow at the university level to make tangible, perceptible change through entrepreneurship. Duke I&E does not displace the university’s time-tested mission of teaching and the creation of knowledge, but rather expands that mission to include the conversion of knowledge into real things and real actions to make a real difference in real people’s lives. Duke I&E reimagines the role of the university in modern society, away from an institution whose work ends with the creation of ideas and toward one whose work begins with those ideas, toward an institution that seeks to solve in a practical way the great challenges of our time. 

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) advances interdisciplinary research and education that transforms our understanding of brain function and translates into innovative solutions for health and society.

Duke Network Analysis Center
The Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC) brings together Duke faculty and researchers around the triangle to foster cutting edge network studies. DNAC (1) creates a strong network research community to share and develop ideas, (2) helps facilitate new funded research projects by linking investigators with complementary skills, and (3) provides training and technical analysis support for new network-related research projects.   

Duke Social Science Research Institute
Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) brings together researchers with interests in problems that cross the various social and behavioral sciences, including problems that connect with the humanities and natural sciences. SSRI promotes multidisciplinary collaboration among such scholars as they work on important social issues that are challenging to address fully from within any given discipline.

John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University
Founded in 1999, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) is built on a fundamentally collaborative model befitting the Duke University emphasis on knowledge in the service of society. Through interdisciplinary cross-fertilization, we seek to encourage the conversations, partnerships, and collaborations that continually stimulate creative and fresh humanistic research, writing, teaching, and practice at Duke. Inspired by the scholarly and civic example of John Hope Franklin, we also support work that engages questions of race and social equity in their most profound historical and global dimensions.

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions seeks to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems through scientifically grounded, rigorous, balanced nonpartisan policy analysis and broad-based dissemination of the Institute’s work.

Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke University
The Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) is an interdisciplinary program designed to increase "big data" computational research and expand opportunities for student engagement in this rapidly growing field. Started in 2013, the program is led by Robert Calderbank. Launched as an initiative of Duke University, Rhodes iiD is partnered with the Duke University Quantitative Initiative, which promote cross-pollination of ideas throughout Duke’s programs and research projects, and works to increase the number of quantitative faculty in all disciplines on Duke campus.

The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University
Now in its third decade at Duke, the Kenan Institute for Ethics is a think and do tank dedicated to understanding the moral challenges of our time and creating scholarly frameworks, policies, and practices to address them. The institute is committed to both empirical and ethical inquiry into how individuals, organizations and societies do, should and can live together and treat one another, about what’s good, right, admirable, or fair. 

The Triangle Comparative and Evolutionary Medicine Center
The Triangle Comparative and Evolutionary Medicine Center (TriCEM) is a nonprofit institute exploring the intersection of evolutionary science and medicine. The center is jointly operated by Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University. TriCEM is an incubator that promotes innovative developments in the theory and practice of evolutionary medicine by fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations among Triangle-based scholars, physicians, veterinarians, public health workers and more.