Tag Archive: Research Participant Advocate

Henrietta Lacks


Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman who underwent treatment for an aggressive form of cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951.  In addition to providing her with medical care, Henrietta’s doctor at Hopkins removed some of her cancerous cells to use in research without getting her written consent, which was a routine practice in medicine at the time. Despite receiving a high standard of medical treatment, Mrs. Lacks ultimately succumbed to this cancer at the young age of 31.  However, her extraordinary cells—called “HeLa” from the first two letters of her first and last names—continued to reproduce in the … Continue reading

Community Involvement


We recognize the importance of engaging people who live, work and serve in the Greater Baltimore-Washington DC area. We welcome community members to join our Community Research Advisory Council, participate in Community Outreach, become a research volunteer or attend one of our community events.  

Regulatory Support


The ICTR offers education, expert advice and resources to better equip study teams to conduct research that is ethical, relevant and responsive to the interests of patients and research participants. Our Research Participant Advocacy program provides consulting on human subjects and regulatory issues, including IRB applications, the informed consent process, study feasibility and good clinical practices. Our advocates help to ensure the rights, safety, and well-being of participants. We also provide consultations to assist investigators in resolving ethical issues throughout the entire research process and tools to recruit study participants. Our Drug and Device Resources Service provides tools needed to … Continue reading

Research Participant Advocate


Research Participant Advocate The RPA serves as a resource to volunteers. Contact us for an independent witness to the consent process, to serve on the volunteers behalf in the case of a misunderstanding between the volunteer and study team, or to provide information about research in general or a specific protocol. The Research Participant Advocacy Office provides consulting expertise on human subjects and regulatory issues, including IRB applications, the informed consent process, study feasibility and good clinical practice (GCP). Contact us for quick expert help. The RPA reviews applications to the Clinical Research Unit to assure high standards for Human … Continue reading

Community Research Advisory Council


The Community Research Advisory Council creates a forum for patients and diverse stakeholders to help shape research conducted at Johns Hopkins. Continue reading

Become a Research Participant


Institution Review Boards Johns Hopkins researchers partner with groups throughout the state and the nation to conduct many different kinds of health research studies, including clinical trials. Studies may involve participants with specific health conditions as well as healthy volunteers. If you are considering participating in a study, it may be helpful to view the video below to learn about the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The IRB oversees all human subject clinical research studies performed at our institute to ensure that they are done ethically and safely.   Finding a Study Many people might consider participating in research but do … Continue reading

Research Participant Advocacy


Research Participant Advocacy (RPA) Program The RPA serves as a resource to volunteers. Contact us for an independent witness to the consent process, to serve on the volunteers behalf in the case of a misunderstanding between the volunteer and study team, or to provide information about research in general or a specific protocol. The Research Participant Advocacy Office provides consulting expertise on human subjects and regulatory issues, including IRB applications, the informed consent process, study feasibility and good clinical practice (GCP). Contact us for quick expert help. The RPA reviews applications to the Clinical Research Unit to assure high standards … Continue reading

Research Participant Advocacy Program


The Research Participant Advocacy Program provides consulting expertise on human subjects and regulatory issues, including IRB applications, the informed consent process, study feasibility and good clinical practice (GCP). Contact us for quick expert help. The Research Participant Advocates serve as a resource to research teams and research participants The Research Participant Advocates review applications to the Clinical Research Unit to assure high standards for Human Subjects Protections. Call us to review your consent form, protocol or data and safety monitoring plan. Let us help you to prepare the best possible research plan. The Research Participant Advocates are a training resource … Continue reading

Template Documents for Regulatory and Participant Binders


To request any of the templates below, please email our research navigators at ICTR_Navigators@jhmi.edu. Regulatory Binders Regulatory Records Checklist Template Adverse Event Tracking Log Template Delegation of Responsibilities and Signature Log Template Financial Interest Disclosure Form Templates Monitoring Visit Summary Log Templates Regulatory Binder Protocol Deviation Log Template Regulatory Binder Note to File Templates Regulatory Binder Pointer Page Templates Screening and Enrollment Log Template Visitor Signature Log Template Participant Binders Informed Consent Checklist Template Participant Binder Protocol Deviation Log Template Participant Binder Note to File Templates Inquiries and Requests for Support Please submit an ICTR Connection Request.  

Family Recognition, Community Awards, and Author Highlight Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture 2010


The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) was honored to sponsor the first annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture on Saturday, October 2, 2010. More than 20 members of the Lacks family were warmly welcomed and recognized by the approximately 600 attendees gathered in Turner Auditorium. The occasion marked the inauguration of the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Series, which was announced by Daniel E. Ford, MD, MPH, ICTR director and vice dean of clinical investigation at Hopkins. Also announced were the Henrietta Lacks East Baltimore Health Sciences Scholarship, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Health System, which provides up … Continue reading