Brian McCourt currently serves as Senior Director, Data and Knowledge Management at Duke Clinical Research Institute. He began his career as a study coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital and has since held a variety of senior leadership roles spanning Clinical Data Management, Research Informatics and Technology areas at DCRI. His personal interests include the informatics methods and tools needed to operationalize complex industry and government research programs.
With over 25 years at Duke, he has been at the forefront of many strategic efforts to develop the infrastructure and capabilities needed to run demonstration projects and then scale-up capabilities for broader adoption of new best practices. Brian was central to launching DCRI’s Supporting Open Access for Researchers (SOAR) initiative – the set of data preparation, hosting, approval and provisioning practices for sharing of research datasets. Today, in addition to overseeing data operations for many research programs, he is helping drive the development and transition to a new cloud platform for research tools that includes data integration, hosting and visualization services.