Author Archive: Crystal Williams

Community Research Advisor Council Member to Receive a 2017 Martin Luther King Jr Community Service Award

Darcenia McDowell, a laboratory service technician at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a member of the ICTR’s Community Research Advisory Council (C-RAC) will be recognized at the 36th annual Martin Luther King Jr commemoration held Friday, Jan 19 from noon to 1:30 pm in Turner Auditorium. For the past two years, through her work with the C-RAC, she has successfully connected students with STEM opportunities and volunteered with the ICTR’s youth programs.  McDowell is involved with our many Henrietta Lacks recognition initiatives and is instrumental in coordinating hands on laboratory visits to Baltimore City youth. McDowell is among … Continue reading

Research Accelerator and Mentorship Program

The Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network (JHCRN) announced a new grant funding opportunity to promote inter-institutional research collaborations between Johns Hopkins Medicine and JHCRN affiliated institutions. This grant, Research Accelerator and Mentorship Program, will fund 1 to 3 projects, up to $50,000 over a 12-month period. Proposals including clinical and community-based research, practice-based research, and health services research are encouraged. Applications are now being requested.  Letters of intent are due by Friday, December 1, 2017 and complete applications are due by Friday, January 19, 2018.  Eligible applicants include Johns Hopkins University faculty and JHCRN affiliate institution staff.  Principal investigators are … Continue reading

ICTR in the News

Jeffrey Rothstein, MD, PhD, ICTR Deputy Director for Pilot Research Initiatives and the Director of the Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot (ATIP) Program, recently appeared on The Charlie Rose Show to discuss Jay Fishman’s recent ALS diagnosis and their collaborative efforts to end the disease. Click here to view the video.  

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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Special Seminar on Patient Centered Outcomes Research September 26

On Friday September 26, 2014 the seminar entitled “Advancing Patient Centered Outcomes Research” will take place in the Johns Hopkins Bayview Asthma and Allergy Center Auditorium from 7:55am-1pm, with breakfast and lunch available before and afterwards. Outside speakers will cover several aspects of Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) methodological considerations and Hopkins researchers currently conducting PCOR. The goal of the seminar is to inform the broader research community of some of the work ongoing within the institution as a starting point for developing a network of PCOR researchers and identifying infrastructure and training needs. Because of space requirements, registration will … Continue reading

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: