Clinical Trials

The Duke Department of Neurosurgery is actively involved in clinical research to improve treatment options for patients at Duke and around the world. Our extensive research programs give our patients access to groundbreaking developments in patient care through carefully designed clinical trials.

We conduct clinical trials in the following areas:

  • Spine

  • Vascular, including arterial venous malformation and brain aneurysm

  • Brain tumors

  • Neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's, dystonia, and epilepsy

  • Pediatric brain tumor and injury


For Researchers

Clinical Research Units (CRU) provide the organizing structure for the conduct of any research in the School of Medicine in which a Duke faculty member is responsible for the involvement of human subjects. The CRU is the operating and business unit responsible for the integrity, financial accountability, regulatory compliance, quality, and academic productivity of this research activity. All research projects involving human subjects should be conducted within the Neurosurgery CRU. To initiate a research proposal first complete this intake form. For assistance, please contact the Neurosurgery CRU oversight team.