Tools and Resources
This page contains helpful resources on various research related topics.
Please click on the plus sign for details.
ORA’s Site for Information, Model Agreements and Policies: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Research/ora/agreements/index.html
Core in a Box: The Johns Hopkins University has created and launched a new Web portal dedicated to providing the Johns Hopkins research community access to its comprehensive research core facilities and resources for core development and management.
The portal, Core in a Box, was developed by a team of core facility experts and users from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Whiting School of Engineering. It is designed for investigators and core facility personnel. Johns Hopkins schools are home to more than 120 core facilities designed to encourage and enable cutting-edge research in the areas of basic science, genetics, medicine and others. This site gives users access to all of these resources:
There are 2 different systems for ClinicalTrials.gov
- Public site: https://clinicaltrials.gov/
- User site: Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) https://register.clinicaltrials.gov/
To create a ClinicalTrials.gov account or for help with registration or reporting contact:
- Oncology (SKCCC) Monica Owens (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- JHSPH – Miye Schakne (email@example.com)
- JohnsHopkinsU (SOM, SON) Anthony Keyes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
JHM IRB Guidance: Registration of Clinical Trials on ClinicalTrials.gov
103.25 Organization Policy on Registration of Clinical Trials
You can access updated information on the Program’s Homepage
Power Point Presentation from the Office of Research Administration Presentation CDA AND MTA
SOM Office of Research Administration Information Page: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Research/ora/agreements/index.html
BSPH Office of Research Administration:
School of Nursing Office of Research Administration: http://nursing.jhu.edu/faculty_research/research/administration/index.html
Homewood Research Projects Administration Information Page: http://web.jhu.edu/administration/provost/programs_services/research/JHURA
SOM ORA Sponsored Projects Handbook – Definitions of different types of agreements is very useful. Some other information is very dated. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Research/ora/handbook/index.html
Office of Research Information Services (ORIS) – manages COEUS, which is used to route proposals through the JHU review process. http://prcoeus.johnshopkins.edu/orisite/oris_web/oris_index.html
For Questions about the Informed Consent Process contact the Research Participant Advocate Liz Martinez RN, BSN, CCRC at email@example.com
FAQ’s from HHS Website Regarding Informed Consent:
FDA Guide to Informed Consent:
JHMIRB Informed Consent Guidance:
JHMIRB Informed Consent Policy on Process and Documentation
JHMIRB Physician Consent Policy
Resource to Develop Consent Forms: Program for Readability in Science & Medicine (PRISM) https://www.grouphealthresearch.org/about-us/capabilities/research-communications/prism/
Johns Hopkins Research Administration Website:
Public Health Research Administration Website:
Homewood (Whiting, Krieger, Education) Research Administration Website:
Grant Proposal Resources from the Cancer Center Website (Also appropiate for non-onconology)
Coeus is the system that will ultimately convert research administration at Johns Hopkins from print to electronic and automated formats, fully integrated with the Federal Government’s single portal, Grants.Gov
The Clinical Research Management System (CRMS) is an on-line tool that provides centralized, role-based access to information about studies and their participants. Administrators, financial specialists, and the study team use this information to help track their study and meet billing compliance requirements throughout the study. CRMS is linked to Epic for participant demographic data, and to the electronic Institutional Review Board (eIRB) for basic study information.
IRB CRMS Compliance Training: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institutional_review_board/training_requirements/compliance_training.html
Dean’s CRMS requirement Update 6/11/2010: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institutional_review_board/news/letters_dean/archive/crms_requirements_2010.html
Deans UPDATE to PRA Determination Criteria 4/2015
REDCap (Available to JHU Investigators via JHSPH Research Electronic Data Capture (DISC) http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-biostatistics-center/services
is a browser-based metadata-driven electronic data capture software solution and workflow methodology for designing clinical and translational research databases. It is widely used in the academic research community: the REDCap Consortium is a collaborative, international network of more than 250 institutional partners, with more than 20,000 total end-users employing the software more than 30,000 ongoing research studies.,
JHSPH RedCap contact Andre Hackman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For protocols utilizing the services of the JH Clinical Research Unit (CRU), Scott Carey (email@example.com – 410.550.7198).
Link to REDCap website: http://www.project-redcap.org/
Bead Core (The BEAD Core provides consulting and support services to new and established investigators engaged in human subject research on the Bayview campus.
Sheridan Libraries JHUDMS: fosters data management best practices by providing guidance, education and training and offering data archiving and sharing services in support of researcher, institution, and agency goals.
Data Managers Interest Group:
What is a DSMP or DSMB? A Data Safety Monitoring Plan (DSMP) generally describes how the protocol’s lead researcher plans to oversee the research participant’s safety and welfare and how adverse events will be characterized and reported, but frequently also includes detail regarding the monitoring of all study data, and may include other levels of surveillance performed by designated study-team-members (e.g., an MD trained medical monitor). A DSMP is generally required when the research meets the definition of a clinical investigation and involves greater than minimal risk. The IRB has the authority to request a DSMP for any clinical research study with appropriate justification.
Monitoring is generally the activity associated with the execution of a DSMP or study-specific monitoring plan. This activity is usually performed by an independent external monitor designated by the study sponsor. Other monitoring mechanisms may involve monitoring tasks assigned to personnel on the study, such as with an internally derived DSMP. A study monitor conducts CRF reviews vis-à-vis source data verification, overall site adherence to the IRB approved protocol, investigational product accountability reviews, informed consent and eligibility reviews, safety event reporting, and regulatory compliance reviews, pursuant to applicable institutional and federal requirements.
A Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) generally describes how a formally-appointed independent group or body will conduct interim monitoring of accumulating study data to assure the continuing safety of research participants, relevance of the study question, appropriateness of the study, integrity of the accumulated data, and the general progress of the study. A DSMB may be required for some research projects based on the degree of risk involved in the research (e.g. cancer trials or trials of other high risk patient populations, phase 3 trials, etc.).
FDA Guidance Document http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/01d-0489-gdl0003.pdf
Cancer Center’s DSMP provides helpful guidance on risk assessment, auditing and monitoring, and DSMBs http://cro.onc.jhmi.edu/pageData/dsmp.pdf
Epic Training Portal: https://collaborate.johnshopkins.edu/sites/epictraining/
CRU Research Scheduling Tutorial Video:
Epic Order Sets for Inpatient Research:
If your research is to be conducted in an inpatient setting the IRB may REQUIRE that you develop an order set in EPIC to complete your research. You may also REQUEST that an order set be created to facilitate your research. Questions about order sets please email Pam Murray: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
FDA Submissions Resources from the ICTR DDRS http://ictr.johnshopkins.edu/DDRS/
FDA Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH)
“CDRH Learn” Modules
FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Website Regarding GCP
ICH (International Council on Harmonization) Good Clinical Practice E6 Guidelines link
HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) HHS Policy and Guidance Website
GCP Lecture from Research Coordinator First Friday Series (audio and PowerPoint presentation)
SOCI GCP Lecture Series
Pharmacy and Investigational Drug Service (IDS) at The Johns Hopkins Hospital http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institutional_review_board/guidelines_policies/guidelines/pharm_jhh.html
IRB Organization Policy on Drug Use and Control in Clinical Investigations
Bayview Research Pharmacy Contacts:
Sasha (Aleksandra) Beselman, PharmD, MBA, CCRP (Research Pharmacist)
office (410) 550-2747
The Johns Hopkins IRB Policies/ Guidelines and Application Information can be found online at:
The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health IRB Policies/Guidelines and Application Information:
JHMIRB Guideline Regarding Payments to Participants: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institutional_review_board/guidelines_policies/guidelines/remuneration.html
Gift Cards – There is no formal written policy, but the general guidance is that they should be accounted for in the same way we account for petty cash. The study or department should create and use a form that is signed by the participant and by the staff member indicating what study the participant was in and what account paid for the gift card. The Petty Cash Voucher, form B-28, is a good template for this form:
The Research Participant Advocate Can Help with Participant Complaints or Issues
Liz Martinez 410-614-6323 or email@example.com
If you are preparing a literature search or looking for a publication related to your research, PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free, searchable archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
In an effort to synergize inter-disciplinary clinical and translational research, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is committed to using innovative research tools and information technologies to promote collaboration regardless of organizational affiliation or position within the bench-to-bedside-to-population spectrum of science. This expertise portal is a key component of Johns Hopkins University (JHU)’s mission to catalyze the application of new knowledge and techniques to clinical practice at the front lines of patient care. http://www.experts.scival.com/jhuscopus/conceptSearch.asp?searchType=c
SOCI SOP Lectures
Available Templates Include:
External website = , Video Player = , File download =]