Director: Edgar R. Miller, III, MD, PhD Co-Director: N. Franklin Adkinson, Jr., MD
This program was established in the fall of 2004 and is under the direction of Dr. Miller. One of seven National Clinical Research KL2 training grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health under Roadmap Initiative for Clinical Research, the program provides support for 27 Clinical Research Scholars at the Postdoctoral and Junior Faculty levels. Funding covers the scholar’s stipend tuition, and research project support for up to five years. The philosophy of this highly prestigious award is to improve viability of clinical research training pathways, formalize training in the discipline of clinical research, promote opportunities to work in multidisciplinary teams, provide apprenticeship experiences in mentored multidisciplinary settings, and develop a one-stop shop that provides the mortar to fill in the gaps for clinical research at Johns Hopkins. A collaboration with Howard University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry will facilitate training of underrepresented minorities and Howard trainees and junior faculty in Clinical Research.
The program brings together strong multidisciplinary units across the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, particularly the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation, and the General Clinical Research Center. Core didactic courses leading to a master's or PhD degree and three newly developed courses: Practical Skills; Integration Courses; and Advanced Clinical Epidemiology are part of the scholar’s training in clinical investigation. The program is guided by four specific aims: 1) to develop creative and successful clinical investigators who can lead and participate in research projects with multidisciplinary teams; 2) to provide trainees with the core knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experience for clinical research and career development; 3) to integrate clinical research training across the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions into a common pathway with opportunities to emphasize different translational interfaces (bench to bedside, bedside to practice/population, and complex quantitative methods); and 4) to increase the number and strengthen the preparation of under-represented minorities participating in clinical research.
The ultimate goal of this program is to prepare a cadre of researchers with a strong foundation to stimulate cross-disciplinary research, thereby helping them to generate new knowledge that will speed translation of new discoveries and innovation in the laboratory to the bedside, into practice, and into populations to improve health. The program is focused on training the next generation of clinical investigators by providing them with the in-depth knowledge, skills, attitudes and early research experiences that allows them to communicate and work effectively with their colleagues from other disciplines. This Program including its newly established Biostatistical and Scientific Resources Core will be a tremendous resource for students in clinical research. They will have role models, a visible pathway for their career and an array of expertise readily available.
For more information, please see the program's website.