The Welch Center collaborates frequently with other entities both in and outside the University to combine expertise for common goals. Key partnerships are briefly listed below.
Nine Welch Center faculty have primary appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and 13 others have joint appointments (11 in the Department of Epidemiology). Welch Center faculty collaborate in research and training with many Department of Epidemiology faculty members on the topics of infectious disease, cancer, genetics, and general epidemiology. These collaborations have been crucial to continuing advances in clinical epidemiology research and training.
The Welch Center also benefits from collaboration with other departments in the School of Public Health, including the Departments of Health Policy and Management, Mental Health, Biostatistics, International Health, Population and Family Sciences, and Environmental Health. Faculty also collaborate with the Center for Clinical Trials and the Center for Health Disparities Solutions.
Clinical research would not be possible without the knowledge and expertise of experienced clinicians in a variety of fields. Welch Center faculty work closely with the School of Medicine, particularly the Departments of Medicine (many core faculty have primary appointments in the Division of General Internal Medicine), Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Oncology, Psychiatry, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Ophthalmology.
A primary collaboration with the School of Medicine is the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation (GTPCI). Initiated at Johns Hopkins in 1993 and currently directed by Drs. N. Franklin Adkinson and Charles Flexner, this program was one of the first to offer an advanced degree for clinical postdoctoral fellows seeking a degree in clinical investigation. Drs. Klag and Miller serve on its Advisory Council and mentor trainees in the program.The Clinical Research Methods course taught by Drs. Klag and Guallar is a required course for GTPCI trainees. Welch Center faculty also collaborate with members of the Institute of Genetic Medicine.
Welch Center faculty have collaborated with faculty members in the Center for Nursing Research in the School of Nursing in a variety of ways, including research on hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol management, health and healthcare disparities, mental health, training programs, and interchange of faculty for teaching. They also have mentored junior faculty and trainees in nursing. Currently, Drs. Cooper and Hill-Briggs work with the School of Nursing.
The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) is dedicated to creating a new model for conducting and translating research and to addressing critical obstacles that impede the progress of basic science discoveries to the clinic. The ICTR aims to lower barriers between disciplines and provide creative, innovative approaches to the solution of complex medical problems. It is funded by the National Center for Research Resources to create a definable academic home for the discipline of clinical and translational science.By increasing support for researchers and teams at all career levels and in all phases of research, the ICTR is working to create a culture of translation at Johns Hopkins that will result in better health outcomes for patients. Dr. Ford is the Director of the Johns Hopkins ICTR, and Dr. Miller is one of its Deputy Directors. Several further Welch Center core faculty members who participate in the ICTR are Drs. Beach and Wang, and Ms. Carson.
Welch Center faculty also collaborate with faculty in the Berman Institute of Bioethics and in the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute.