Category Archive: Collaboration Mentoring & Training

Clifford Weiss

Clifford (Cliff) Weiss has extensive experience in the design, development, and clinical evaluation of new technologies, devices and therapeutics. He is currently a practicing interventional radiologist, Clinical Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering, Innovation and Design (CBID), and a translational and clinical researcher, Dr. Weiss’ clinical focus lies in vascular and interventional radiology. He specializes in MRI-guided interventions for the treatment of peripheral and renal arterial and vascular disease, total occlusions, claudication, varicocele, vascular malformations and venous thromboembolism. As a practicing Interventional Radiologist, Dr. Weiss’ daily practice involves the use of cutting edge technologies and therapeutics to treat … Continue reading

Barbara Slusher

Barbara Slusher is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry and the Director of the Brain Science Institute (BSI) NeuroTranslational Drug Discovery Program. Before joining Johns Hopkins in September 2009, Dr. Slusher spent 18 years in the pharmaceutical industry holding positions at companies including ICI Pharmaceuticals, Zeneca (now Astra-Zeneca), Guilford Pharmaceuticals, MGI Pharma, and the Eisai Research Institute, with several years at the level of Senior Vice President of Research and Translational Development. She has extensive experience in drug discovery through Phase I/IIa clinical development and has participated in multiple FDA meetings and both IND and NDA regulatory filings. She … Continue reading

2016 BIRCWH K12 Scholars

Avonne Connor, PhD, MPH Epidemiology Mentors: Kala Visvanathan, Mei-Cheng Wang, and Liz Selvin Research Focus:   My research interests include the roles of modifiable risk factors with breast cancer among ethnically diverse study populations, such as the associations between obesity and breast cancer outcomes and associations between specific obesity, insulin, and inflammation related genetic variants and breast cancer risk and prognosis. My career goals are to conduct population-based studies to identify and modify lifestyle factors and biomarkers pertaining to the etiology and survival of female cancers among minority women. To continue to progress in research, it is necessary for me … Continue reading


A team of Johns Hopkins experts travels to Guangzhou (China) biannually to educate and train the clinical research professionals at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). Currently, two courses are offered: Clinical Investigation and Research Coordination. The courses combine lecture format with small group case studies, and online classroom exercises. Approximately forty-five online modules are available and are required to be completed by participants in each of the courses before Johns Hopkins on-site training takes place. The Clinical Investigation course is a five-day program that provides an overview of the essentials of clinical research geared towards faculty-level investigators. Course content includes the identification and performance of … Continue reading

Johns Hopkins – Sun Yat-sen University (China) Collaboration

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) signed an agreement with Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) and its affiliated hospitals in Guangzhou, China in March of 2013. The vision is to provide a long-term platform for exchanges among clinical and translational investigators, research professionals and administrators, and to lay the foundation for building world-class research infrastructure in China. Together, Johns Hopkins project leadership and experts travel to SYSU to teach courses and lead workshops designed to strengthen the development of investigators and research professionals. These experts design a competitive fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for promising SYSU investigators and junior faculty members, and provide … Continue reading