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The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), established in 2007, is one of 60 medical research institutions working together as a national consortium to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. The consortium, funded through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), shares a common vision to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, and to engage communities in clinical research efforts. It also is fulfilling the critical need to train a new generation of clinical researchers. The CTSA program is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health.
The ICTR offers a wide variety of programs and services to members of the Johns Hopkins research community, including our Clinical Research Scholars. Most of the programs and services listed below are available at no charge or at a reduced rate for investigator-initiated research.
The Biostatistical Resources Core will provide all scholars with 5 hours of consultation time. Scholars may apply for an additional 25 hours of consultation services based on approval of the leadership of the programs and the Biostat Core advisors. Scholars can apply their research funds if additional consultation hours are needed. Consultants assist with a variety of research needs requiring biostatistics expertise, including research study design, design of data collection systems and instruments, data entry and validation, data management and quality assurance, statistical analysis and data interpretation, and professional and scientific report-writing. The Biostatistical Resources Core KL2 faculty liaison, Dr. Nae-Yuh Wang, is also available to assist scholars and directing them to specialists.
The Research Navigators provide a wide range of support to investigators, including working with each individual team to help ensure milestone completion, problem identification and resolution; providing regulatory assistance; and facilitating collaboration with other ICTR resources.
The Clinical Research Units (CRUs) and associated services are designed to support a wide range of clinical research at Johns Hopkins. From pilot studies to multi-center trials, the CRUs are available for investigators who need outpatient, inpatient, adult, pediatric, or neurological services. Be aware that use of the units and certain associated resources require CRUonline application and approval. To learn more about the CRUs and apply, please visit http://ictr.johnshopkins.edu/clinical-research-units.
We will continue to expose our scholars to all of the various programs within the ICTR including teams of investigators working with the many science cores (drug or device development, proteomics, genetics), the participant recruitment and retention office, the Data and Safety Management Board, and other program offices. A complete list of ICTR programs and services is available at http://ictr.johnshopkins.edu/. To apply for these services, through ICTR Connection Request, visit http://ictrweb.johnshopkins.edu/ictr/connection/.