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

The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture


The Johns Hopkins ICTR is privileged to be the establishing sponsor of the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Series. The goal of the series is to honor Henrietta Lacks and the positive global impact of HeLa cells. This series will also serve as an annual reminder of the gratitude, respect, and clear communication due to all research participants. Keeping biomedical research connected to the people it is intended to serve is an ongoing process rooted in the open exchange of ideas among all stakeholders. To facilitate this process, speakers for the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Series are selected for their ability to … Continue reading

Research Coordinator Support Service


The ICTR Research Coordinator Support Service (RCSS) is a pool of research coordinators that are available for hire on a part-time basis by Johns Hopkins researchers. These coordinators are able to handle a wide range of responsibilities, and the support can be customized to best fit the needs to each individuals’ research team.  The pool consists of study coordinator apprentices who are a part of the Study Coordinator Apprenticeship and Mentoring Program (SCAMP) and Research Coordinators. These coordinators are available as part of a fee for service program, which makes the process of finding a part-time coordinator easier, as well … 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.