Author Archive: Crystal Williams

Participant Recruitment Consultation & Coaching


Our Consultation & Coaching Approach We provide consultation and coaching on the recruitment and retention of diverse research participants using evidence based and ‘field tested’ methods. Staff offer advice and guidance to help investigators and research staff identify, address recruitment barriers, and achieve their recruitment goals.  To arrange a consultation submit a ICTR Connection Request Our team of consultants have experience with technology and community-engaged driven recruitment approaches.  Below are examples of participant recruitment consultation and coaching cases. Case Examples   Technology Driven Recruitment  The Recruitment & Retention Consultants helped a research team recruit adults with chronic kidney disease by … Continue reading

Genome Sequencing Aids in Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer


STUDY ADVANCES POTENTIAL OF TUMOR GENOME SEQUENCING AND DNA-BASED BLOOD TESTS IN PRECISION TREATMENT AND DETECTION OF PANCREATIC CANCER In a genome-sequencing study of pancreatic cancers and blood in 101 patients, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists say they found at least one-third of the patients’ tumors have genetic mutations that may someday help guide precision therapy of their disease. Results of blood tests to detect DNA shed from tumors, they say, also predicted cancer recurrence more than half a year earlier than standard imaging methods. “Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest death rates among cancer types. Many people … Continue reading

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Malaria Immunization


A VACCINE ALTERNATIVE PROTECTS MICE AGAINST MALARIA –Vectored immunoprophylaxis (VIP) injection triggers creation of antibodies that prevent malaria in 70 percent of mice A study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers found that injecting a vaccine-like compound into mice was effective in protecting them from malaria. The findings suggest a potential new path toward the elusive goal of malaria immunization. Mice injected with a virus genetically altered to help the rodents create an antibody designed to fight the malaria parasite produced high levels of the anti-malaria antibody. The approach, known as Vector immunoprophylaxis, or VIP, has … Continue reading

Clinical Resources


The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) offers a wide variety of programs and services to members of the Johns Hopkins research community who are currently preparing or executing clinical research.  From clinical infrastructure, nursing and nutrition services, and exercise physiology to assistance with data collection and storage, the programs that make up the ICTR’s Human Subjects Research Core and Clinical Research Informatics Core to address the most pressing needs of clinical investigators, and most are available at no charge or at a reduced rate for NIH-funded, investigator-initiated research. Click the links below to learn more: