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Capital Region Research (CAPRES)

Mission: To grow research in both volume and impact.

CAPRES was created to promote and support high quality research across multiple disciplines in our three community hospitals— Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Suburban Hospital.

What We Do

CAPRES provides the interface with several key Johns Hopkins Medicine Research entities including the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Office Of Research Administration (ORA), Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network (JHCRN), and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). It serves as a central resource for all areas of research oversight and administration for the community hospitals. This includes IRB/compliance, contracting, study budgets, training, recruitment, clinical operations, marketing and finance.


  1. To formulate a uniform policy and procedure code for the National Capital corridor hospitals.
  2. To support Johns Hopkins and local hospital physicians through additional training, contracting and IRB processes to initiate and perform research.
  3. To support a local research review committee for each hospital that needs to supplement the IRB review and provide reviews of the context, research team and target patient population.
  4. To provide enhanced clinical research services at each hospital.

Staff are involved in reviewing all research protocols conducted at the community hospitals, including preparing and facilitating the local research review committees (RRC’s) in place at each hospital.

Divisional Director, Jackie Lobien, is the primary anchor of the local resources provided under CAPRES. She acts as the liaison between principal investigators, co-investigators, research nurses, study coordinators and research offices at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the three CAPRES sites.