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Final Rule: Federal Policy on Protection of Human Subjects (Revisions to the Common Rule)


The U.S. government has published its changes to the regulation known as “The Common Rule” governing Human Subjects Research.  The IRB office is reviewing the new rule and will communicate information about the changes, including statements about what these changes mean for researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the next few months. The rule goes into effect in 2018. For more information: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/19/2017-01058/federal-policy-for-protection-of-human-subjects. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institutional_review_board/  

ICTR in the News: Public Health, Bioethics Experts Discuss the Consequences of Refusing Refugees


The following article contains contributions from ICTR researchers Nancy Kass, ScD, the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Deputy Director for Public Health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and Dr. Michael J. Klag, a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Johns Hopkins hosts symposium on impact of President Trump’s executive order Article by: Saralyn Lyons Bioethicist Nancy Kass says there are two schools of thought governing […]

Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Patients Announces Renewed Participation in Medicare Program


ACO’s efforts to improve patient care and reduce health care costs met with success The Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Patients (JMAP), the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) of Johns Hopkins Medicine, announces that it has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to renew its participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for the next three years. The Shared Savings Program offers financial incentives to encourage ACOs to improve coordination, communication and overall care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries while also reducing health care costs. “We are very pleased to continue our participation in the Shared Savings Program,” […]

‘Hidden Figures’ Sparks Conversation on Women, Minorities in Science


Johns Hopkins groups host film screening, discussion at Senator Theatre Article by: Katie Pearce In the film Hidden Figures, there’s a scene where Katherine Johnson, the brilliant NASA mathematician played by actress Taraji P. Henson, enters a board room full of exclusively white men—military officials and astronauts. At that moment, the room’s chatter halts to stunned silence. At that time, in 1962, it was unprecedented for a woman to appear in such a board room, not to mention an African-American woman in the segregated South. But Camille Daniel, a mathematician and underseas warfare analyst at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics […]

ICTR in the News: Johns Hopkins Researchers Aim to Design Self-Driving Cells to Pursue Deadly Bacteria


The following article profiles work to be performed by ICTR researchers Tamara O’Connor, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Douglas Robinson, a professor in the Department of Cell Biology Article by: Phil Sneiderman Drawing on their expertise in control systems and cell biology, Johns Hopkins University researchers are setting out to design and test self-directed microscopic warriors that can locate and neutralize dangerous strains of bacteria. A five-member team from the university’s Whiting School of Engineeringand its School of Medicine recently received a four-year, $5.7 million federal contract to devise a prototype biocontrol system that can dispatch single-cell fighters […]

ICTR in the News: Sleep Deprivation Handicaps the Brain’s Ability to Form New Memories, Study in Mice Shows


The following article profiles work performed in part by ICTR researcher Paul Worley, M.D., professor of neuroscience. Chemical recalibration of brain cells during sleep is crucial for learning, and sleeping pills may sabotage it Studying mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins have fortified evidence that a key purpose of sleep is to recalibrate the brain cells responsible for learning and memory so the animals can “solidify” lessons learned and use them when they awaken — in the case of nocturnal mice, the next evening. The researchers, all of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, also report they have discovered several important […]

ICTR in the News: Targeting Parkinson’s-Linked Protein Could Neutralize 2 of the Disease’s Causes


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Ted Dawson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and director of the Institute for Cell Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Mouse and human cell studies confirm a common link between proteins and loss of dopamine-making brain cells Researchers report they have discovered how two problem proteins known to cause Parkinson’s disease are chemically linked, suggesting that someday, both could be neutralized by a single drug designed to target the link. A report on their discovery appears in the Jan. 24 issue of Cell Reports. The investigators’ new experiments build […]

ICTR in the News: Virtual Press Conference – The Science of the Super Bowl


ICTR researcher Vikram Chib, PhD will be featured on the panel described below. Reporters, please join Newswise on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. ET for a live event featuring Johns Hopkins’ Vikram Chib and other experts who will scientifically analyze various aspects of this major pop culture event. They will discuss: 1. Vikram Chib, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,will discuss choking under pressure and its relationship to the expected rewards or consequences of a good or bad performance. 2. Timothy Fong, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience […]

ICTR in the News: Blood Test That Detects Changes in Tumor DNA Predicts Survival of Women with Advanced Breast Cancers


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researchers Antonio Wolff, M.D., professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and member of the Kimmel Cancer Center, Sara Sukumar, Ph.D., professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and member of the Kimmel Cancer Center, and Kala Visvanathan, M.D., M.H.S., professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Clinical Cancer Genetics Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Results of a multicenter study of 129 women with […]

New Year, New You: Tips on Keeping Your Resolutions


The following article contains contributions from ICTR researchers Kimberly Gudzune, M.D., M.P.H., and Robin Frutchey, M.A., L.P.C.P. The new year inevitably leads us all down the road to goal setting and resolution promising our way into a new and healthier way of living. But starting a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge, and sticking to your resolutions can prove to be even more difficult. Now that we are at the end of January, many people may be losing their motivation. Our experts, available for interview, can provide some insight on how to successfully start and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including advice on […]

ICTR in the News: Updated Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosis Guidelines Can Help in Diagnosis, Personalized Treatment


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Patrick Sosnay, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. An international research group of 32 experts from nine countries has updated the guidelines for diagnosing the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. The researchers expect that these guidelines will provide better direction for clinicians looking at patients with symptoms of the disease to make a correct diagnosis and recommend personalized treatment. A report of the updated guidelines and two supplemental articles detailing their implications and the data used in their creation were published on Jan. 24 in The […]