Category Archive: 2017 Collaborations

Trial Innovation Network


The Trial Innovation Network is a collaborative initiative within the CTSA Program and is composed of three key organizational partners – the CTSA Program Hubs, the Trial Innovation Centers (TICs), and the Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC). The vision for the Trial Innovation Network is to innovatively address critical roadblocks in clinical trials and accelerate the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies. The Trial Innovation Network is a collaborative national network that focuses on operational innovation, operational excellence and collaboration and will leverage the expertise and resources of the CTSA Program. The Trial Innovation Network will feature a single IRB system, master contracting agreements, quality … Continue reading

The Studio: A Master Class


The ICTR Studio is a multidisciplinary service center that was created to help investigators improve the quality and impact of their translational research. Serving the entire Johns Hopkins University medical research community, it operates across all university affiliated departments, centers and institutes and is open to the study of any disease.  Assistance is provided by consultants who are acknowledged authorities in their fields, and is available for any phase of project development.  Studio consultants possess a broad spectrum of expertise ranging from content experts to help formulate the most relevant research questions, to methodological and technical specialists available to address … Continue reading

PaTH Network


PaTH is a Clinical Data Research Network comprised of Geisinger Health System, Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Health System, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Temple Health System, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC and UPMC Health Plan, the University of Utah, and University of Utah Health. By working together as one network, we’re able to learn from larger and more diverse populations than a single health care system could. Further, we work directly with patients, care providers, and the larger health care community to better understand … Continue reading

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institutes (PCORI)


Vered Stearns, MD


Co-Director, Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program Professor of Oncology Breast Cancer Research Chair in Oncology Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Associate Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Singapore Dr. Vered Stearns completed a B.S. equivalent at the Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine in 1989. After relocating to the United States, Dr. Stearns transferred to and graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1992. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the Georgetown University where she developed an interest in translational breast cancer research … Continue reading

Kyle Bird, MHA


Director, Allegheny Health Network Research Institute Kyle Bird, MHA, currently serves as the Director of the Allegheny Health Network Research Institute, the clinical and translational research arm of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN). The on-going work of the AHN Research Institute integrates clinical services with ground-breaking innovation across many disease-focused institutes including: autoimmunity, biofilms, oncology, cardiovascular disease, esophageal and lung disease, orthopedics, and neuroscience. In his current role, Kyle oversees the day-to-day operations of the Research Institute including clinical research and support staff development and deployment, operations budgets and performance metrics, clinical trials initiation and regulatory compliance, patient accruals and … Continue reading

Chris Hackett, MA


Network Coordinator, Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network Lead Coordinator, radiation oncology and neuro-oncology trials, Allegheny Health Network Chris Hackett, M.A. graduated with a B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. After taking a short break from academia and research, he renewed his love of research and refined his interests while assisting with research in the Department of Neurology at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Through his experience in working in the Department of Neurology at AGH, Chris learned a number of skills related to the coordination of clinical trials.  Additionally, he was able to assist … Continue reading

Romsai Tony Boonyasai, MD, MPH, FACP


Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine Romsai Tony Boonyasai, MD, MPH, FACP is Associate Director for Population Health and Outcomes Research.  He is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with particular expertise in implementing, evaluating and disseminating chronic disease quality improvement programs.  In addition to his JHCRN duties, he serves as medical director of the Johns Hopkins Patient Access Line, a nurse-managed, telephone-based transitions of care program.  

David S. Parda, MD, FACP


System Chair, Department of Oncology/Cancer Institute, Chair of the IRB, Allegheny Health Network Professor of Radiation Oncology, Temple University School of Medicine David S. Parda, M.D., FACP is System Chair of the Department of Oncology/Cancer Institute, IRB of Allegheny Health Network (AHN). As Chair of the Department of Oncology/Cancer Institute for the Allegheny Health Network, Dr. Parda is integrating 6 primary departments and divisions and 18 additional cancer services throughout more than 25 inpatient and outpatient locations in the Pittsburgh region. As Chair of the IRB Dr. Parda is overseeing more than 800 research studies while expanding and integrating clinical … Continue reading

Joseph M. Ahearn, MD


Co-Director of the Lupus Center of Excellence Chief Scientific Officer for Allegheny Singer Research Institute at Allegheny Health Network Dr. Ahearn received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his medical internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed fellowships in rheumatology and in molecular biology and genetics (HHMI) at Johns Hopkins, after which he joined the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, eventually serving as deputy director of that division. In 1996, Dr. Ahearn was appointed Director of Research for the University of Pittsburgh Arthritis Institute … Continue reading

James J. Potter


Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine In addition to serving as Associate Program Director for Information Technology in the JHCRN, he is Director of Information Services in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Director of the Translational Research Enhancement Core of The Hopkins-Conte Digestive Disease Center. He is Associate Faculty of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, a member of the informatics core of the ICTR, serves on six data/informatics committees, is an investigator on the Hopkins Precision Medicine Initiative, and the faculty lead on the OpenSpecimen biospecimen committee. He has also established a 46 … Continue reading