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Funding Opportunity: Johns Hopkins & Kaiser Permanente Research Collaboration Grant


The Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine Research Collaboration Committee is actively requesting research proposals to foster collaborative research between the two institutions and address complex and intriguing healthcare and clinical questions vexing our health systems.  Specifically, we are looking for research proposals that are aligned with both organizations’ strategies and present opportunities to prove the synergy of the Kaiser Permanente/Johns Hopkins collaboration.  We hope to identify and fund proposals that accomplish seminal research utilizing the unique capabilities that only two such organizations as Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins have. Broadly, the goal is to support collaborative epidemiologic, health services […]

ICTR in the News: In Teens, Strong Friendships May Mitigate Depression Associated With Excessive Video Gaming


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Michelle Colder Carras, PhD, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Mental Health at the Bloomberg School. THOSE WHO PLAY GAMES MORE THAN FOUR HOURS A DAY MAY NOT DEVELOP ADDICTION-LIKE PROBLEMS IF THEY ARE SOCIALLY ENGAGED WITH OTHERS Teenagers who play video games for more than four hours a day suffer from symptoms of depression, but frequent use of social media and instant messaging may mitigate symptoms of game addiction in these teens, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. The findings, scheduled for publication in the […]

ICTR in the News: Noninvasive Ultrasound Pulses Used to Precisely Tweak Rat Brain Activity


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Jordan Green, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering, who is also a member of the Kimmel Cancer Center and the Institute for Nanobiotechnology. Ultrasound pulses activate release of drugs from nanoparticles Biomedical engineers at Johns Hopkins report they have worked out a noninvasive way to release and deliver concentrated amounts of a drug to the brain of rats in a temporary, localized manner using ultrasound. The method first “cages” a drug inside tiny, biodegradable “nanoparticles,” then activates its release through precisely targeted sound waves, such as those used to painlessly and noninvasively […]

ICTR in the News: Allegheny Health Network Joins Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network


The clinical research network is a program of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), itself part of a national consortium aimed at transforming how clinical and translational research is conducted at academic health centers around the country. This article contains commentary from Daniel E. Ford, M.D., M.P.H., vice dean for clinical investigation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Allegheny Health Network in Pennsylvania is the latest health system to join the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network. Developed by the Johns Hopkins Institute […]

ICTR in the News: Namandje Bumpus Named Science Commissioner


The following short article announces the appointment of ICTR researcher Namandje Bumpus, assistant professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Namandje Bumpus, associate professor in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, was nominated by the the mayor of the District of Columbia and confirmed by the city council as a science commissioner and the newest member of the Science Advisory Board in the District of Columbia. The board provides scientific oversight for the district’s Department of Forensic Science (DFS) and advises the DFS director, mayor and D.C. city council on matters relating to the department. Source: https://medicine-matters.blogs.hopkinsmedicine.org/2017/01/bumpus-named-science-commissioner/

Bloomberg School of Public Health creates scholarship opportunity for displaced Syrians


Two students will receive full tuition to school’s Masters of Public Health program Article By: Katie Pearce One of the many troubling spillover effects of the Syrian civil war is the disruption of the country’s health care field, including lost jobs and training opportunities for health workers. “There are thousands and thousands of Syrian health care workers who are either not able to practice or not able to continue their education because of the war,” says Paul Spiegel, who directs the Johns Hopkins’ Center for Humanitarian Health. To address this issue, Johns Hopkins is now offering a new opportunity for two […]

ICTR in the News: Personalized Treatment for Those in Blood Pressure ‘Gray Zone’


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher J. William McEvoy, M.B.B.Ch., M.H.S., assistant professor of medicine and member of the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Coronary artery calcium score gives risk assessment to prevent over- or undertreatment of blood pressure Using data from a national study, Johns Hopkins researchers determined that using heart CT scans can help personalize treatment in patients whose blood pressure falls in the gray zone of just above normal or mild high blood pressure. Previously, the appropriate blood pressure treatment for these patients used […]

Apply to the Francis S. Collins Scholars Program


The Francis S. Collins Scholars Program in Neurofibromatosis Clinical and Translational Research provides formal training in the discipline of clinical translational science, the protected time to develop the skills appropriate for their research, exposure to translational research programs in government, academic, and industry environments and training in the care of patients with NF1. The program will provide up to 100% salary support for Collins Scholars, support for research costs, tuition for relevant coursework, travel costs for scientific meetings, mentor stipends, a curriculum for translational science expertise and a research community for clinical translational NF1 research. Scholars will be selected based on […]

ICTR in the News: U.S. patients often face costly ‘surprise’ medical bills from out-of-network specialists


Anesthesiologists, for example, charge almost six times what Medicare pays for the same service Article by: Stephanie Desmon The average anesthesiologist, emergency physician, pathologist, and radiologist charge more than four times what Medicare pays for similar services, often leaving privately insured consumers stuck with surprise medical bills that are much higher than they anticipated, new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests. The problem is that most patients do not actually choose these doctors with the highest markups, which mean they have no opportunity to anticipate how high their bills will be, say the researchers from the Johns […]

ICTR in the News: Potentially Reversible Changes in Gene Control ‘Prime’ Pancreatic Cancer Cells to Spread


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher  Bert Vogelstein, M.D., professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the co-director of the Ludwig Center at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Epigenetic changes, not DNA mutations, drive some metastasis A multicenter team of researchers reports that a full genomic analysis of tumor samples from a small number of people who died of pancreatic cancer suggests that chemical changes to DNA that do not affect the DNA sequence itself yet control how it operates confer survival advantages on subsets of pancreatic cancer cells. Those advantages, […]

ICTR in the News: Hospital Drones to Your House? (Video)


Featured in the below video is ICTR researcher Bruce Allen Leff, M.D., Director, The Center for Transformative Geriatric Research and a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Source: http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/01/video-hospital-drones-to-your-house-000273