BALTIMORE - The Johns Hopkins University hopes to improve the efficiency and value of clinical trials conducted at the school after learning it will receive $72 million over the next four years to bolster its clinical research program at its Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
According to school officials, the grant is supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), a program led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. That center is part of the National Institutes of Health, which supports a consortium of more than 60 research institutions across the country, all focused on strengthening translational research.
"We have a very strong clinical research program and a solid infrastructure to support translational research, and this funding allows our younger researchers to bring new ideas, new treatments and new devices into the testing phase," said Dr. Daniel Ford, vice dean for clinical investigation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in a statement.
The Johns Hopkins ICTR provides funding for pilot studies, clinical space and staffing, biostatistics expertise and ethics and regulatory support. School officials said the grant will create three new translational research "communities."
These communities will provide researchers with the partnerships, science methodology and technical support to help faculty bring their most promising ideas related to development of drugs, biologics, diagnostic tests and behavioral interventions more quickly to market and the broader community.
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