The Studio: A Master Class

The Studio is a multidisciplinary service center 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 issues related to the use of institutional and CTSA resources for pre-clinical and clinical studies.

An extensive catalogue of resources are represented in the Studio which include, but are not limited to, project funding opportunities, intellectual property protection expertise, regulatory advice and support, pre-clinical and clinical study design assistance, translational technology expertise, assay capability, biostatistics support, computational medicine applications, research ethics expertise, database design, selection of clinical study sites, clinical research unit support, and clinical trial recruitment/retention expertise.

The Studio is operated as a Master class, a highly successful method of advanced instruction that was originally used in the fine arts, and was later shown to be equally effective when extended to other disciplines. Studio sessions are organized with a panel of expert consultants specially selected to accommodate the specific needs of each project, and are open to all interested parties who are affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. The hallmark of the Studio is the vastly increased efficiency with which information is exchanged between the investigator and the consultants. Feedback is systematic and immediate. The “one-stop-shopping” model only adds efficiency of the Studio. Valuable time is saved when multiple meetings are no longer necessary for the investigator with each individual consultant.

For additional information, please contact Carol Kobrin at

Studio Consultation Handout