Tag Archive: Education

Evolutionary Biologists Say Recently Discovered Fossil Shows Transition of a Reptile From Life on Land to Life in the Sea


Using modern research tools on a 155-million-year-old reptile fossil, scientists at Johns Hopkins and the American Museum of Natural History report they have filled in some important clues to the evolution of animals that once roamed land and transitioned to life in the water. A report on the new discoveries about the reptile, Vadasaurus herzogi, appears online in the Nov. 8 issue of Royal Society Open Science, and suggests that some of the foot-long animal’s features, including its elongated, whip-like tail, and triangular-shaped head, are well suited to aquatic life, while its relatively large limbs link it to land-loving species. … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Recordings Reveal Deep Credibility Gap When Doctors And Parents Discuss Outcomes For Critically Ill Infants


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Renee Denise Boss, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. An analysis of 16 audiotaped conversations between parents of infants in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and clinicians found that medical staff routinely downplay quality of life issues and leave families more optimistic about their babies’ prognoses than the clinicians intended. A report of the analysis, published in the Nov. issue of the Journal of Perinatology, highlights a persistent gap between family and clinician understanding of infant outcomes, and the need for clearer communications … Continue reading

JHU Finds Why We Can’t Always Stop What We’ve Started


When we try to stop a body movement at the last second, perhaps to keep ourselves from stepping on what we just realized was ice, we can’t always do it — and Johns Hopkins University neuroscientists have figured out why. Stopping a planned behavior requires extremely fast choreography between several distinct areas of the brain, the researchers found. If we change our mind about taking that step even a few milliseconds after the original “go” message has been sent to our muscles, we simply can’t stop our feet. “We have to process all of these pieces of information quickly,” said … Continue reading

New Investigator’s Boot Camp


The program is designed to present the basics of the operations of the JHM IRB, while also providing orientation and how-to tips for preparing an IRB application. The agenda includes: Essentials of the JHM IRB’s structure and operations An overview of IRB help and other resources for investigators eIRB How-To Basics: from concept to application Investigator Expectations and Responsibilities An “Ask the IRB” Q&A experts panel To register, visit:  http://lms14.learnshare.com/l.aspx?CID=89&A=2&T=499383 The course qualifies for in-person PI re-certification credit.

Third Thursdays with the ICTR Lecture Series


February 2017 marks the debut of our new lecture series, Third Thursdays with the ICTR. The ICTR provides tools designed to transform the translational process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster. Each month, speakers will share research related news and present a resource and or service that can aid clinical research study team members. We encourage faculty, staff and students to attend. There will be a question and answer period at the close of each lecture. If you have suggestions for future topics, feel free to contact us. Third Thursdays will be … Continue reading

Project DIDACT


The purpose of this project is to Disseminate, to the clinical and translational research community, Innovative statistical methods and software for the Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials. This joint effort among doctors Miguel Hernan (Harvard), David Kent (Tufts), Kelley Kidwell (Michigan), Michael Rosenblum (Johns Hopkins), Daniel Scharfstein (Johns Hopkins) and Ravi Varadhan, will create a cutting edge analytic tool kit needed to support the next generation of trials. Topics will include: Sequential, multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) designs (Kidwell) Leveraging baseline covariates to improve the efficiency of randomized trials (Rosenblum) Casual analysis of pragmatic trials (Hernan) Sensitivity analysis for randomized trials … Continue reading

Patient Safety Collaborative


  The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is working with Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering to establish an Engineering Collaborative for Patient Safety. Its purpose is to bring engineering talent together with to clinicians to solve patient safety issues. Potential benefit to clinician and patients: • Collaboration with Hopkins engineering master students with exceptional talent. Engaging students early represents an opportunity to engage exceptional intellects. • Students have time, energy, and ambition to research issues, identify needs, and pool together resources for solutions. • Direct and concentrated efforts to address patient safety issue(s). This collaborative is a combined … Continue reading

Study Team Training and Resources


Helpful resources for study teams looking for study tools, information on various research topics and a comprehensive list of available training for study teams, including clinical trainings for non-clinical staff.

Introduction to Drug Discovery Research


This course deals with various aspects of the drug discovery process including target identification, medicinal chemistry, in vitro and in vivo drug screening methods, pharmacokinetics, drug safety, and intellectual property management. While the main focus of the course is centered on small molecule-based drugs, one lecture covers the principles of biologics-based drugs given the increasing interests in this area. The last two lectures are devoted to case studies in which discovery of particular drugs will be discussed in detail to provide further insights into the process of drug discovery research. Each lecture is given by an expert on that respective subject with many years of drug … Continue reading

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 AWARD


The Johns Hopkins BIRCWH program (JH-BIRCWH) was established to develop highly qualified, independent investigators to conduct women’s health and sex and gender differences research. These independent investigators will be leaders now and in the future, developing innovative, interdisciplinary programs of research that will improve health and social outcomes for diverse women, and also men, across the lifespan. To achieve that goal, the JH-BIRCWH will: recruit promising and highly motivated junior faculty scholars from within Johns Hopkins University, with priority given to investigators from groups underrepresented in research use a learner-centered and competency-based approach to interdisciplinary career development under the guidance … Continue reading

Courses for Translational Researchers


Johns Hopkins University has partnered with Cousera to develop a series of online data science courses taught by faculty members from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.  The data science specialization covers the concepts and tools needed throughout the entire data science pipeline, from asking the right kinds of questions to making inferences and publishing results. Students will learn to: formulate context relevant questions and hypotheses to drive data scientific research identify, obtain and transform a data set to make it suitable for the production of statistical evidence communicated in written form build models based on new … Continue reading