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Research Cores

Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Data Management (BEAD) Core

The BEAD Core provides research support services to new and established faculty investigators on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. Johns Hopkins Bayview faculty receive free (up to 20 hours) services through the generous support of the vice dean David Hellmann, M.D. The core also accepts direct fee-for-service work. Core services include:

  • Biostatistical analyses
  • Database development and maintenance
  • Epidemiologic study design support
  • Power and sample size calculations
  • Statistical analytic plans for grant submissions

For more information or to set up an appointment, contact or visit

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Brain Imaging Core

The focus of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Brain Imaging Core is to facilitate the integration of neuroimaging methods into clinical translational research. The core provides scientific and technical expertise in neuroimaging protocol development, image processing and analysis.

For more information, contact Gwenn Smith, Ph.D., at 410-550-8696 or e-mail

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Center for Behavior and Health (CBH)

The Johns Hopkins Center for Behavior and Health (CBH) is located on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus. The mission of the CBH is to discover new insights into how behavior influences health and translate that knowledge into novel clinical and educational programs that prevent illness, improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs. The Center is a think tank of over 40 interdisciplinary experts from multiple schools within Johns Hopkins, including medicine, nursing and public health. The CBH's guiding principles include:

  1. Involving the community at the grass roots level.
  2. Using technology and media to create and enrich a portable, boundary-less environment that promotes quantifiable, pro-health behavior and behavior change in the midst of socioeconomic barriers.
  3. Focusing on quantifiable hard outcomes (saving lives and money, and proving it).
  4. Educating and providing effective tools for medical health professionals to facilitate pro-healthy behavior and behavior change in their patients.
  5. Utilizing the Health Brother’s “switch model” as a conceptual framework.

For more information, visit

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Center for Child and Community Health Research (CCHR)

The Center for Child and Community Health Research (CCHR) is dedicated to improving the lives and communities of children, adolescents and young adults by engaging in high-quality, translational public health research according to the highest scientific and ethical standards. CCHR was established in 1998 and moved to the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus in 2006. The current director is Jacky Jennings, M.D.

Funding for CCHR is from sponsored and non-sponsored sources including the NIH, CDC, RWJF, local foundations and contracts for evaluation from health departments nation-wide. We provide many forums for scientific dialogue including Research In Progress Rounds and Internal Scientific Review Committees.

For more information, visit

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Centro SOL

The Center for Salud/Health and Opportunity for Latinos aims to promote equity in health and opportunity for Latinos by advancing clinical care, research, education and advocacy at Johns Hopkins and beyond in active partnership with local organizations. Each component is integrated by faculty, staff and students from Hopkins and community leaders.

Centro SOL offers research support services to Johns Hopkins research teams that want to engage Latino populations in research. Services include tailoring study design and recruitment to the local Latino population, translation of study documents, IRB application preparation related to the inclusion of limited-English-proficiency populations and assessments of linguistic and cultural suitability of study materials. Research services faculty and staff are also available to play a larger role and collaborate on projects and funding applications where appropriate.

For more information on engaging Centro SOL Research support services, pricing, policies or to schedule an initial consult, please visit or email Find out more about Centro Sol at

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In an effort to synergize interdisciplinary clinical and translational research, The Johns Hopkins University is committed to using innovative research tools and information technologies to promote collaboration regardless of organizational affiliation or position within the bench-to-bedside-to-population spectrum of science. This expertise portal is a key component of the university's mission to catalyze the application of new knowledge and techniques to clinical practice at the front lines of patient care. Visit for more information.

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Immunomics Core

The Immunomics Core was initially established in 2008 as a flow cytometry core to meet the biomedical research needs of investigators located on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. The core is uniquely embedded among research groups interested in problems related to immune-based human diseases and relevant animal models, and promotes an interactive and collaborative approach. The core has an extensive research base and considerable expertise in flow-based approaches to address neuroscience-related research. The core has since expanded to include immuno assays and genomics services.

For more information, contact Rafaello Cimbro at 410-550-8291 or e-mail

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Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)

The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is a resource granted by NIH that supports the Johns Hopkins ICTR. The ICTR supports the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus and the CRUs on The Johns Hopkins Hospital campus.

The Johns Hopkins Bayview CRU (located on the fourth floor of the 301 building) provides clinical research infrastructure resources including dedicated research nursing and specimen processing, a Sleep Research Core, Cardiovascular Imaging Core, Body Composition and Exercise Core, nutrition research support, and a core laboratory. Parking for research participants is available adjacent to the 301 building. Support for informatics and biostatistics is also available through the ICTR.

For more information, contact Nicole Cooper, CRU Sr. Administrative Manager at 410-550-1880 or  Also visit

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Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) Research Cores

The Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) is an NIH-sponsored research center focused on the study of the causes and consequences of frailty in older adults. The OAIC has three research cores, a training core and a pilot core that provide resources for a broad range of investigators interested in frailty and aging research.

  • The Biostatistics Core offers analytical and study development and design support, and assistance with gaining access to stored data from population data bases of older adults such as the Women’s Health and Aging Studies I and II.
  • The Molecular Measures Core supports inflammatory, mitochondrial, endocrine and other clinical and molecular based measurements, and provides animal models and stored human serum for eligible investigators.
  • The Clinical Translational Core provides access to a registry of older adults interested in participating in clinical research, and support for eligible investigators for IRB and clinical protocol development.
  • The Research & Career Development Core offers salary and research core support to junior faculty members through an annual RFA process.
  • The Pilot Core offers funding for novel projects related to frailty and aging-related biological vulnerability.

Jeremy Walston, M.D., serves as the primary investigator for OAIC. For more information, visit or contact OAIC administrator Brian Buta at

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Rheumatic Disease Research Core Center (RDRCC)

The Rheumatic Disease Research Core Center (RDRCC) includes a free-standing bio-assay service which affords clinical and basic science researchers the ability to investigate novel questions that could not otherwise be addressed, due to a lack of time, expertise or infrastructure. Current bio-assay services include processing of whole blood (RNA/DNA isolation, PBMC preparation or serum separation), immuno-staining of human or animal tissues, and immuno-assays, including ELISA and immuno-precipitation. The core also offers sample storage and shipping services. Sample barcoding and data management services are currently being developed.

More information can be found on the iLab site. To learn more about the bio-assay core and its services, contact Laura Gutierrez, M.D., at 410-550-1468 or

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