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Applications Now Being Accepted to the Francis S. Collins Scholars Program


Congratulations to the 2021 Community Partnership and Collaboration Core Pilot Grant Recipients


Congratulations to our Community Partnership and Collaboration Core Pilot Grant Recipients   We are pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the Community Partnership and Collaboration Core Pilot Grants. These grants are designed to build and support community engaged research (CEnR) partnerships through relationship-building activities, exploring research interests, and developing infrastructure and governance for research partnerships.   Engagement Grant: Discover by Engaging Community in Decision-making for Empowerment: The DECIDE Study   Mei Ching Lee, PhD, MS Associate Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Nursing Randi Woods, MBA, MS Senior Director, Community Care Coordination, Sisters Together and Reaching (STAR) This … Continue reading

KL2 Scholar Amir Manbachi, MsC, PhD Publishes a Beginner’s Guide to Ultrasound


“Handbook for Clinical Ultrasound: A Beginner’s Guide to Fundamental Physics & Medical Ultrasound Applications”     Amir Manbachi, MsC, PhD is a KL2 Scholar and an assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Manbachi credits Ian Suk, Clare Sonntag ans Sadie Alexa Knight for bringing the book to reality. “In this short book, we really tried to summarize my learnings in the field of ultrasound over the past 11 years, in a manner that can be listened to in a 1 hour drive or commute,” says Manbachi. Dr. Manbachi’s research focuses … Continue reading

KL2 Scholar Kelly Gleason, PhD, RN, Appointed Junior Editor of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science


Kelly Gleason, PhD, RN is a KL2 Scholar and an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Gleason is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.  She led the development of an institution-wide service that leverages the patient portal for research and continues to work on helping researchers leverage the electronic medical record for research. Dr. Gleason serves as the co-lead of the Armstrong Institute’s Center for Diagnostic Excellence’s Team Core and leads a national Nurses and Diagnosis Community of Practice. In her new role as Junior Editor of the Journal of Clinical and Translational … Continue reading

Publication: Centralized Registry for COVID-19 Research Recruitment: Design, Development, Implementation, and Preliminary Results


Centralized Registry for COVID-19 Research Recruitment: Design, Development, Implementation, and Preliminary Results   Background The COVID-19 pandemic has had substantial global morbidity and mortality. Clinical research related to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment COVID-19 is a top priority. Effective and efficient recruitment is challenging even without added constraints of a global pandemic. Recruitment registries offer a potential solution to slow or difficult recruitment. Objectives The purpose of this paper is to describe the design and implementation of a digital research recruitment registry to optimize awareness and participant enrollment for COVID-19 related research in Baltimore and to report preliminary results. Methods Planning … Continue reading

Publication: Building a Pipeline of Community-Engaged Researchers: How Interdisciplinary Translational Research Training Programs Can Collaborate with Their Community Research Advisory Councils


Building a pipeline of community-engaged researchers: How interdisciplinary translational research training programs can collaborate with their Community Research Advisory Councils   Background The COVID-19 pandemic has had substantial global morbidity and mortality. Clinical research related to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment COVID-19 is a top priority. Effective and efficient recruitment is challenging even without added constraints of a global pandemic. Recruitment registries offer a potential solution to slow or difficult recruitment. Objectives The purpose of this paper is to describe the design and implementation of a digital research recruitment registry to optimize awareness and participant enrollment for COVID-19 related research in … Continue reading

Gene Editing Therapy in Early Stages of Huntington’s Disease May Slow Down Symptom Progression, Mouse Study Shows


Representative cerebral blood volume maps in mouse brains from indicated genotypes and treatment groups. Top row shows the raw images — the red regions of interest indicate the quantified brain region. Bottom row shows the representative cerebral blood volume maps in the mice at the indicated genotypes and treatment at 3 months of age. The scale bars are shown on the right. Warmer color represents higher cerebral blood volume values. Credit: Wenzhen Duan, M.D., Ph.D. In a new study on mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that using MRI scans to measure blood volume in the brain can serve as … Continue reading

Next Third Thursdays with the ICTR Lecture- August 19


Deep Brain Stimulation for Treating Schizophrenia — Johns Hopkins Medicine Experts Say It Works


Credit: Getty Images Managing schizophrenia is a lifelong process, and although there’s no cure, it can be treated with medications and therapy. However, one-fifth to one-half of patients with schizophrenia who show severe symptoms don’t respond to medication. Now, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have found a novel way to treat patients who have treatment resistant schizophrenia by using the same type of deep brain stimulation hardware used to treat Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The case study, published online April 24 in Biological Psychiatry, details how this procedure targets the substantia nigra pars reticulata — a part of the brain … Continue reading

Johns Hopkins Medicine Experts Create Clinician Resource for Chronic Pain Treatments


Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have authored a series of articles in the May 29, 2021, issue of The Lancet that may serve as a guidebook for clinicians to navigate the complexities of chronic pain. Credit: Public domain image of chronic pain, The Lancet cover courtesy of the journal   Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have authored a series of articles in the journal The Lancet as part of an effort by the publication to help clinicians navigate the complexities of treating chronic pain. The three articles by the Johns Hopkins Medicine experts — part of a larger series in The Lancet published May 29, … Continue reading

Study Suggests That Smoother Silicone Breast Implants Reduce Severity of Immune System Reactions


Scanning electron microscope image of a silicone breast implant. Credit: Josh Doloff According to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Rice University in Houston, silicone breast implants with a smoother surface design have less risk of producing inflammation and other immune system reactions than those with more roughly textured coatings. Results of the experiments using mice, rabbits and samples of human breast tissue advance knowledge of how the body responds to such implants, providing new information to physicians and affirming the benefits of certain smoother surfaces, the researchers say. A summary of the experiments, … Continue reading