The Center for Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Education, Training and Engagement serves as an education and training resource to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital principal investigators, sub-investigators and their study team members on best practices for conducting clinical research. Resources developed by the Center also yield peer-review scholarship, and programs developed by the Center will facilitate or augment training grant applications.
Education and training initiatives led by the Center to date include:
- a unique training module (registered on TransCelerate) on operationalizing clinical and translational research principles into best practices in the context of the pediatric clinical research study lifecycle (start-up through manuscript publication);
- a monthly lecture series that includes numerous research-related topics (the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Seminar Series in Academia);
- a bimonthly Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research Advisory and Mentorship forum; and
- advanced didactic and applied (i.e., practicum-based) training and mentorship in pediatric clinical research through the Clinical and Translational Research Training Track, among others.
The Center aims to increase clinician engagement by providing a detailed understanding of the process for opening a protocol and conducting research at Johns Hopkins All Children’s, an understanding of core services that exist to support research and how and when to engage those services, and by facilitating a connection to a community of peers and mentors also conducting research at Johns Hopkins All Children’s through engagement task forces.
Meet Our Team
Heather Cronin, M.Sc., Co-Director
Manager, Research Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance Unit
Associate Dean for Research at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Johns Hopkins All Children's Department of Medicine
Ernest Amankwah, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Epidemiologist, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Health Informatics; Member, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute
Sharon Ghazarian, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Health Informatics, Research Data Science & Analtyics Shared Resource
Frances Hamblin, MSHS, R.N., CCRP
Director, Research Operations, Clinical/Translational Research Shared Resources
Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore-based)
Megan Singleton, J.D.
Johns Hopkins Medicine Assistant Dean for Human Research Protection (Baltimore-based)
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Critical Care physician, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Department of Pediatric Medicine