Apply for a Seed Grant in Sex/Gender Differences by March 22

Application Deadline: 11:50 pm, March 22, 2021 Submit an Application   The Johns Hopkins Specialized Center for Research Excellence (SCORE) in Sex and Age Differences in Immunity to Influenza (SADII) is once again offering a funding opportunity for Seed Grants in Sex/Gender Differences.

New Research Rate Schedule Announced Feb 24

Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program Director Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH Appointed Director of Medical Student Research and Scholarship

Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program director Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH appointed director of medical student research and scholarship   Dr. Beach is a professor of medicine at the school of medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a core faculty member at the Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Dr. Beach developed the Scholarly Concentrations course in the Genes to Society curriculum and has directed the course since 2009. It is a required component of the … Continue reading

Announcement from the Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation

February 19, 2021   We are all pleased that the number of COVID cases is on a downward trend right now and the COVID vaccines are bringing new hope that we will be able to get more effective control of the pandemic. Clinical research visits continue to slowly increase and fortunately we have not received any reports of research participants contacting COVID through their research experience.   We strongly support the following recommendations: 1. Please continue to follow all COVID precautions as you go about your lives. We continue to find that JHM employees who develop COVID reported social contacts … Continue reading

New! Johns Hopkins Medicine and University of Maryland Baltimore Guidelines for Collaborative Research and IRB Review

The Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore actively promote interdisciplinary collaborative research activities across the two organizations.   The organizations have a history of collaborative research and have used reliance agreements to reduce the regulatory burden associated with multiple IRB reviews and to enable reliance on one reviewing IRB where appropriate.

KL2 Scholar Co-Leads Team in Developing Implantable and Wearable Technology for Spinal Cord Injuries

KL2 Clinical Research Scholar Amir Manbachi, MSc, PhD co-leads the team in developing the technology discussed in the article below. From the moment a patient arrives at The Johns Hopkins Hospital with a spinal cord injury that is treatable by surgery, clinicians prepare for spinal decompression and a procedure for stabilization. But after an operation is performed, “we can’t monitor the spinal cord and provide treatment interventions in real time,” says Nicholas Theodore, MD, MS, director of the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgical Spine Center. That all may change, however, thanks to a $13.48 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects … Continue reading

Machine Learning Tool Gives Early Warning of Cardiac Issues for Patients with COVID-19

A team of Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineers and Johns Hopkins Medicine heart specialists have developed an algorithm that warns doctors several hours before patients hospitalized with COVID-19 experience cardiac arrest or blood clots. The COVID-HEART predictor can forecast cardiac arrest for patients who have COVID-19 with a median early warning time of 18 hours, and it can predict blood clots three days in advance. It was developed with data from 2,178 patients treated at the five hospitals in the Johns Hopkins Health System between March 1 and Sept. 27, 2020. “It’s an early warning system to predict in real … Continue reading

Six-Month Effects of Modified Atkins Diet Implementation on Indices of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Adults with Epilepsy

The findings discussed in this publication was supported by the ICTR. You can read this article in its entirety at https://doi.org/10.1080/1028415X.2021.1875301. Nutritional Neuroscience – An International Journal on Nutrition, Diet and Nervous System   ABSTRACT Background/Aims Ketogenic diet therapies (KDTs) offer a needed therapeutic option for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. The current study investigated biochemical and anthropometric indices of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in adults with epilepsy treated with KDT over 6 months. Method 65 adults with epilepsy naïve to diet therapy were enrolled in a prospective longitudinal study and instructed on modified Atkins diet (MAD) use. Seizure frequency, anthropometric … Continue reading

Tiny Bodies, Big Needs: Prospective Biobanking of Neonatal Clinical Remnant Samples

A novel approach, using biobanking to aid NICU patients. The research in the following publication was supported in part by the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation Institutional Research Grant Program. The following abstract was made available at the courtesy of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers. Please visit https://doi.org/10.1089/bio.2020.0113 to read the full article. Abstract Repurposing biological samples collected for required diagnostic purposes into suitable biobanking projects is a particularly useful method for enabling research in vulnerable populations. This approach is especially appropriate for the neonate in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where blood volume reductions can quickly increase beyond … Continue reading

Looking Back Decades Shows Hospitalized Patients Need More Than Movement to Prevent Clots

Based on a systematic review of scientific studies dating back nearly 70 years, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and collaborating institutions suggest that ambulation — walking or exercising without assistance — is not sufficient alone as a preventive measure against venous thromboembolism (VTE), a potentially deadly condition in which a blood clot forms, often in the deep veins of the leg, groin or arm (known as a deep vein thrombosis) and may dislodge. If that happens, the clot will travel via the bloodstream to lodge in the lungs and cause tissue damage or death from reduced oxygen (known as a … Continue reading

Johns Hopkins Gynecologic Cancer Experts to Address Disparities in Cancer Care

Thanks to a nearly $400,000 grant from the American Cancer Society and Pfizer, three gynecologic cancer experts from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will address widespread race-related barriers and disparities in the delivery of care that may affect the outcomes of gynecologic cancer patients. The grant, awarded under the Addressing Racial Disparities in Cancer Care Competitive Grant Program, will enable the team to develop a scalable (adaptable) and ultimately sustainable way to identify and address the social determinants of health that contribute to these concerns. The researchers for the Johns Hopkins … Continue reading