New Program Provides Consultations for Researchers Seeking Access to Special Populations

The Integrating Special Populations into Research Program (ISP) facilitates access to the varied populations at Johns Hopkins and affiliated institutions.
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Announcement from the Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation

Clinical Research as Threat from COVID-19 Pandemic Decreases   June 7, 2021   The past year has seen many changes in the way human subject research is conducted both nationally and at Johns Hopkins. Our primary focus has remained the safety of participants and the study teams conducting the research. Protocols have reopened if the research teams wanted to move forward. Research participants and staff did not develop COVID-19 based on their participation in research. However enrollment in therapeutic clinical trials remains at about 75% of what it was when the COVID-19 pandemic changed our world. As we continue plans … Continue reading

Apply for a Nexus Award by July 1, 2021

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, July 1, 2021 Request for Applications

Seeking a Research Program Coordinator for the Healthy for Two/Health for You Trial

Requisition #52317 https://jobs.jhu.edu/job/Baltimore-Sr-Research-Program-Coordinator-MD-21205/722427000/?locale=en_US General Summary/Purpose The Sr. Research Program Coordinator will have clinical trial experience, particularly with managing pragmatic clinical trials that interface with clinical care and the electronic health record. Along with Dr. Bennett, the Sr. Research Program Coordinator will manage all operations of the study at the Johns Hopkins University Welch Center and in participating clinical practices. The coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day implementation of the project and will work closely with Dr. Bennett (PI) and the team of co-investigators on all aspects of the study, particularly with IRB protocols and study policies, updating protocols and procedures, … Continue reading

Meet the ICTR Johns Hopkins Kaiser Permanente Collaborative Award Recipients

As part of the ICTR’s commitment to advancing the learning health care system, Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Kaiser Permanente Health System formed the Johns Hopkins and Kaiser Permanente Research Collaboration Committee. The committee, which includes academic and health system leaders from both institutions, offers pilot awards as a way to fund research teams embedded in health systems, working to improve the delivery of health care.   “These grants were first given in 2015 and have already impacted how care is delivered,” states Daniel Ford, MD, MPH, director of the ICTR.   The awards fund research teams that include investigators … Continue reading

Five Ways that Clinical Trials Might Change for Good

COVID-19 forced researchers to try new ways of running clinical trials. Now they want to make some of those changes permanent. Courtesy of Patrick Boyle, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)   When COVID-19 forced Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center to scale back its clinical trials last year, investigators there worried about how pandemic restrictions might impede research into the fight against cancer. How could they run trials if patients couldn’t come to the Philadelphia center for treatments, tests, and evaluations? In addition, nearly 90% of its clinical trials temporarily suspended enrollment when the pandemic restrictions began. Then investigators started … Continue reading

Apply for an ICTR Team Science Award by June 18

While many awards still go to individuals, advances in translational research are increasingly dependent on teams of individuals with different perspectives and skills working collaboratively towards a common goal. The concept of Team Science answers the question, “How do groups, particularly interdisciplinary groups, move through a process together?”

New Charges for the Use of OpenSpecimen Effective July 1

April 21, 2021   Members of the research community   OpenSpecimen is a bio-bank management tool used to collect, manage, process, annotate and distribute bio-specimens and associated data to selected users. It offers an enterprise-wide comprehensive set of features including: biospecimen collection, inventory tracking and customizable support for storage containers (i.e., freezers, shelves, racks, boxes, positions).  OpenSpecimen for bio-bank management is considered a “Tier A” best practice for storing biospecimen metadata, including Protected Health Information (PHI), by the Johns Hopkins Data Trust Research Sub-Council.  OpenSpecimen allows research teams to associate biospecimens with clinical data in databases such as Epic. Utilization … Continue reading

Registering and Reporting COVID-19 Clinical Research Results to ClinicalTrials.gov

With scores of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 clinical trials underway, the NIH continues to stress the importance for researchers to register their trials on ClinicalTrials.gov as soon as possible.   National Institutes of Health (NIH) director, Dr. Francis Collins, released a memo in November urging researchers to report their research findings on ClinicalTrials.gov ahead of the regulatory deadline requirements. In an effort to expedite the process to report, the agency prioritizes COVID-19 trials to make them available within days of submission.   “The scientific community bears collective responsibility for expediting the dissemination of knowledge from NIH-funded research. Doing so will bring … Continue reading

Pandemic Eviction Bans Found to Protect Entire Communities from Covid-19 Spread

A new study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania uses computer modeling to suggest that eviction bans authorized during the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the infection rate and not only protected those who would have lost their housing but also entire communities from the spread of infections. With widespread job loss in the U.S. during the pandemic, many state and local governments temporarily halted evictions last spring, and just as these protections were about to expire in September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared a national eviction ban. However, the order is only extended … Continue reading

George Mason University Joins the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network

The Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network welcomes George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services as its newest member.   George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services has joined the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network (JHCRN). The JHCRN is designed to bring together academic- and community-based clinical researchers to provide new opportunities for research collaborations and accelerate the transfer of new diagnostic, treatment, and disease-prevention advances from the research arena to patient care. George Mason is the first university to join the JHCRN, which was established by Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2009 and includes the clinical health systems … Continue reading