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Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Christopher O'Donnell

Technician Christopher O'Donnell works with samples in the Genetics Translational Technology Laboratory, one of the core resources of the Johns Hopkins ICTR. (Johns Hopkins University Photo/J. Franzos)

Baltimore, Maryland

Principal Investigator
Daniel E. Ford, M.D., M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University


The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) addresses obstacles in translating basic science discoveries into research in humans, translating clinical discoveries into the community and communicating experience from clinical practice back to researchers. The ICTR will create three new Translational Research Communities for investigators across multiple disciplines that focus on drugs, biologics, vaccines and devices; biomarkers and diagnostic tests; and behavioral, social and systems interventions. These communities of researchers will help prioritize clinical problems in need of new treatments, apply new technologies and methodologies, support junior investigators, work with translational partners outside of Johns Hopkins, fund pilot projects, provide regulatory assistance and promote efficient research. Another new program, The Research Studio, is both a place and a process for teams to obtain multidisciplinary guidance to solve clinical and translational research problems. The ICTR will provide research teams across the university and affiliated research institutes with a range of services in five ICTR Cores:

  • Translational Sciences
  • Human Subjects Research
  • Quantitative Methodologies
  • Clinical Research Informatics
  • Research Participants and Community Partnerships

Johns Hopkins will continue to provide rigorous, comprehensive training to graduate students, fellows, junior faculty and practicing physicians so they can lead effective and successful translational research teams.

Using the Accelerating Translational Incubator Pilot grants, Johns Hopkins will encourage new translational research teams to take the risks necessary to go beyond their usual expertise and to find new collaborators, seek out new partners inside and outside the academic center, and learn new skills necessary to create the interventions the public is expecting.

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