Dr. Geeta Swamy opened the Duke Perinatal Research Center (DPRC) in 2012 within approximately 5,000 square feet of newly constructed office and clinical space adjacent to the Duke Perinatal-Durham clinic and the MFM Division’s administrative and faculty offices. The DPRC was built with support from the Department of Ob-Gyn and the School of Medicine in direct response to accommodate the growing number of research personnel, regulatory files, participant study files, and maternal and child study visits necessary to successfully conduct clinical trials.
Now under the oversight of Dr. Brenna Hughes, the DPRC remains within the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology and includes a 10-member research team composed of a research practice manager, a research program leader, 3 clinical research nurse specialists, 4 clinical research coordinators, 2 clinical research specialists, and 1 administrative assistant. The space houses two clinical exam rooms; a clinical sample processing laboratory with centrifuge, refrigerator, -20 chest freezer. -80 portable freezer, and a clean room with medication refrigerator, ambient medication storage and clinical supplies. The refrigerators and freezer are monitored centrally 24 hours/day with alarm notification. Ambient medication storage areas are monitored by daily temperature range monitoring and documentation. All clinical specimens are stored at the Duke Reproductive Biology and Perinatology Lab, which is a 5-minute walk away. Though the DPRC was originally dedicated to conducting observational and interventional clinical trials in women’s health, with an emphasis on pregnancy and postpartum, Drs. Swamy and Walter have expanded the focus of the Center to include clinical vaccine trials across the age spectrum from infants to pregnant women, healthy volunteers, to elderly persons.