Barbara Slusher, Co-leader of the Drug, Biologics, Vaccines and Devices Translational Research Community, Founds Startup Connected to Treating Prostate Cancer

  Article courtesy of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures   Barbara Slusher, Ph.D., M.A.S., director of Johns Hopkins Drug Discovery, and co-leader of the ICTR Drug, Biologics, Vaccines and Devices Translational Research Community recently sold to Bayer AG her startup that developed a shielding agent for a patient’s normal tissue that can be used during a cutting edge, targeted radiotherapeutic treatment for prostate cancer. “To me,” she says, “the science story here is the value of keeping your eyes open, because if you do, failures can turn into successes.” That’s because Slusher is not a prostate cancer expert — she is a … Continue reading

NCATS Announces New Seven Week Online Translational Science Course

View Course Flyer October 25- December 10 The course — MEDI 502: Translational Science in the COVID-19 Pandemic – Accelerating and Enhancing our Response Across Preclinical, Clinical, and Population Health Research — is offered by NCATS in partnership with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), which is located at the NIH. The course describes in detail a range of recent and ongoing research activities — from preclinical to clinical to population health — that were led or supported by NCATS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this lens, the course teaches students effective approaches and strategies in translational … Continue reading

Join Us for the 5th Community Forum on Healthy Aging

New Data Protection Attestation Incorporated into eIRB System

New Data Protection Attestation streamlines paperwork associated with sharing limited data sets for research among JHU researchers.   The Data Protection Attestation available here outlines expectations for the protection of patient data and serves as a data use agreement to enable the sharing of limited data sets among JHU researchers, (both those in and outside of the JHM covered entity).   As of 8/26/2021, when study team members “agree to participate” for any study in eIRB and when a PI submits a new application or further study action, researchers agree to the terms of the Data Protection Attestation.   This … Continue reading

Register for Third Thursdays with the ICTR October 21- Community Engaged Consultation Service

We invite you to attend our next lecture to discuss the activities of the Community Engaged Consultation Service, provided by the Community Research Advisory Council (C-RAC) and community engaged research experts. Community Engaged Consultations aid study teams by identifying issues and concerns from the community perspective as well as guidance on how to disseminate findings back to the community.

Mark Sulkowski Named Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Trials and the Founding Director of the Office of Clinical Trials

Mark Sulkowski, MD, Director of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Center named senior associate dean for clinical trials and the founding director of the Office of Clinical Trials at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.   In his new role, Dr. Sulkowski will oversee activities related to clinical trials, focusing on commercial clinical trials. In addition, he will help develop an integrated approach to trial-related training, support and oversight. He will join the team of Gail Daumit, the new vice dean for clinical investigation, and with her will collaborate closely with Daniel Ford, director of the Institute for Clinical and … Continue reading

Now Accepting Applications for the Clinical Research Scholars Program (KL2)- Apply by December 1

Open to all Johns Hopkins University Full-Time Faculty Members with an appointment of 5 years or fewer.   The Clinical Research Scholars Program (KL2) is accepting applications for the 2022 KL2 Mentored Career Development Awards. KL2 supports the career development of faculty members dedicated toward a career in clinical investigation. This is a three year program with support provided for two years by the KL2 and one year by the nominating division/department. The application deadline is Wednesday, December 1, 2021 by 11:59 pm. Awards consist of: Up to $110,000 in annual salary support (plus fringe) for 2 years. Up to … Continue reading

Right Program Could Turn Immune Cells into Cancer Killers

Cancer-fighting T cells from patients whose cancers responded to immunotherapy and from those whose tumors did not respond showed marked differences A tumor-specific T cell engages with a tumor cell. Bystander T cells do not engage with the tumor. Credit: PNAS Dec. 10, 2002, Copyright (2002) National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.   Cancer-fighting immune cells in patients with lung cancer whose tumors do not respond to immunotherapies appear to be running on a different “program” that makes them less effective than immune cells in patients whose cancers respond to these immune treatments, suggests a new study led by researchers at … Continue reading

Study Suggests ‘Remnant Cholesterol’ As Stand-alone Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke

  Cholesterol molecule seen with traditional blood test for detecting it. Now Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers suggest one kind of cholesterol, “remnant cholesterol,” may predict risk of heart attack and stroke. Credit: Graphic created by M.E. Newman, Johns Hopkins Medicine, using public domain images. An analysis of data gathered from more than 17,000 adults by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers supports the belief that so-called “remnant cholesterol” (RC) provides an accurate stand-alone metric — just as doctors currently use measures of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) — for predicting risk of clogged arteries, heart attacks and strokes. In fact, the researchers say, an … Continue reading

Funding Opportunity: Fisher Center Discovery Program

The Fisher Center Discovery Program is offering five grants for up to $60,000 for university wide JHU faculty conducting research in environmental infectious diseases. Those with unique collaborations among the JHU schools are encouraged to apply. The award is for 12 months with a possible 12-month no-cost time extension upon review.

Gene Self-Correction in ‘Chromosome Caps’ Can Beat Mutations, Help Prevent Blood Cancers

Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists have discovered several “self-correcting” mutations in bone marrow that may protect people with shortened telomeres — caps on the ends of chromosomes — from certain blood cancers. Graphic shows location of telomeres and photomicrograph shows human chromosomes with telomeres marked by fluorescent dyes. Credit: Graphic created by M.E. Newman, Johns Hopkins Medicine, using public domain images from the National Human Genome Research Institute (telomere diagram) and the National Cancer Institute (chromosome photomicrograph).   People with rare disorders that cause shortened telomeres — protective caps that sit at the end of chromosomes — may be more likely … Continue reading