The Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research
2024 E Monument St
Our home is located in the 2024 E. Monument Street building on the East Baltimore campus of the Johns Hopkins University. This space houses the offices our core faculty and staff, conference rooms, and carrels for most of our trainees. This space is conveniently located near the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. We also maintain two satellite facilities for patient-oriented epidemiologic and clinical research, namely, ProHealth and the George W. Comstock Center.
Pro-Health Clinical Research Unit
1849 Gwynn Oaks Avenue, Suite 1
This 15,000 square foot facility is our site for community-based research, often prevention-oriented clinical trials. The facility, which is very convenient to study participants, has numerous examination rooms, a blood-drawing station, freezers for specimen storage, a metabolic kitchen, conference rooms, and staff offices. It is an excellent resource for faculty and trainees interested in community-based research studies. This facility has been the site for several landmark studies, including Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), a feeding study; PREMIER, the Diabetes and Prevention Project (DPP), LookAHEAD, all trials of lifestyle modification, often including weight loss; the African-American Study of Hypertension and Kidney Disease (AASK); the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study (CRIC); and currently STURDY, a dose-finding trial of vitamin D supplements to prevent falls in older persons.
George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention
1110 Dual Highway
This facility provides a base of operations for faculty and students interested in community-based research, particularly large cohort studies. It houses research staff on the prevention of disease, particularly heart disease, cancer, and stroke, and also serves as a resource for the Washington County Health Department in the areas of public health surveillance and assessment. The Comstock Center is involved in several, multi-site, epidemiologic studies, including Atherosclerosis Research in the Community (ARIC). This landmark study, which initially focused on prevention of heart disease, stroke and its risk factors, has expanded its scope and now conducts research on other chronic conditions, including cognitive decline and dementia. It is noteworthy that ARIC investigators and trainees have published over 1,000 papers.