Date: September 3, 2010
Research network boon
To expand clinical trial opportunities to more patients and provide them the benefit of the latest advances in therapies and treatments, Johns Hopkins Medicine has established a new network of academic and community-based clinical researchers.
Called the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network, the resource initially will provide new collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and Anne Arundel Health System and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, two medical centers affiliated with Hopkins. Ultimately, other institutions will become involved.
The collaboration will bridge research efforts between Hopkins and community-based medical center experts. Headed by Charles Balch, Hopkins professor of surgery and oncology at Hopkins, the Clinical Research Network addresses the complexities of conducting multisite trials by providing investigators with a larger patient pool and a seamless platform. Initially the network will focus on cancer-related clinical trials and diabetes and surgical studies. Info: http://ictr.johnshopkins.edu/JHCRN.
Moving right along
Construction on the new clinical buildings continues unabated. Currently there are 25 subcontractors and 900 workers on the job for one of the country’s largest building projects. Both buildings should be ready for occupancy in early 2012. Here are some important dates to keep in mind as we plan for the big move:
• Activation of the new buildings: August 2011 The Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center will be complete, and Hopkins will have limited access to the buildings.
• Completion of the new buildings: November 2011 The contractor will finish all the work and give Johns Hopkins Medicine keys and ownership.
• Patient move, Jan. 30, 2012 Though it may take several days for staff to transfer patients from the current building, the task will be complete by Jan. 30.
Follow NCB progress: hopkinsmedicine.org/ncb