Our People

Leadership

  • Daniel Hanley, MD
  • Professor, Division Director, Brain Injury Outcomes
  • PI, Johns Hopkins-Tufts Trial Innovation Center

Since 1996, Dr. Hanley has been a Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Anesthesia/Critical Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Since 1999, Dr. Hanley has also been Professor in the School of Nursing, the Jeffrey and Harriett Legum Professor of Acute Care Neurology and Director of Brain Injury Outcomes Program at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Hanley is a graduate of Williams College and Cornell University Medical College and has board certification in internal medicine, neurology and psychiatry.

Dr. Hanley is a leading expert on multiple types of brain injury and has received more than 40 clinical and basic research grants, predominately from the National Institutes of Health and the FDA Orphan drugs program. He has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has received the Alexander Humboldt Research Prize for his accomplishments in brain injury research and has extensive clinical trials experience in that field. His trainees are directors of more than 25 brain intensive care units across the United States.

Dr. Hanley is on the board of directors of the National Stroke Association, for which he has developed nationally recognized education and training programs. He has significant experience in the areas of clinical trials design, organization and interpretation of drug and device development, and FDA regulatory compliance. He is the principal investigator for the NIH-sponsored MISTIE and CLEAR trials investigating minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques to treat hemorrhagic stroke. He is the principal investigator for Johns Hopkins-Tufts NCATS Trial Innovation Center, and as such, he leads the collaborative efforts with the National Institute on Aging to advance education and therapeutics in well-designed CTSA clinical trials investigating Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases of aging.

  • Karen Lane, CCRP
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Administrative Director of Research, Brain Injury Outcomes

Karen Lane, an Assistant Professor of Neurology and the Administrative Director of Research, Division of Brain Injury OutcomeS (BIOS), Johns Hopkins University, has been developing, demonstrating, and disseminating the principles of clinical trials for more than two decades. Her primary focus as a clinical scientist has been intracranial hemorrhage, orphan diseases, neurocritical care, and racial and ethnic diversity within clinical trials.

With more than 30 publications in the areas of clinical trials and intracranial hemorrhage, she has developed technical and organizational trial innovations including processes integral to web-based electronic data collection systems, trial performance metrics and summaries, trial management techniques resulting in site and subject retention, websites for investigators and the scientific community, an online training facility for skill certification, and electronic regulatory depositories. She is the project leader for the Johns Hopkins-Tufts Trial Innovation Center, part of the newly created NCATS Trial Innovation Network.

  • Nichol McBee, MPH, CCRP
  • Division Manager, Brain Injury Outcomes

Nichol McBee has been part of the Brain Injury Outcomes Division since its inception. Her expertise is in the management of clinical trials, specifically in the areas of protocol compliance, adverse events monitoring, serious adverse event reporting, follow-up and documentation of potential outcome events. As the senior program manager, she supervises the medical monitoring processes, the central adjudication of safety endpoints and the regulatory documents specialist. She is an on-call resource to the site managers and clinical teams during randomizations, and she serves on multiple protocol development committees. She ensures that daily activities meet regulatory compliance, and she is responsible for implementing and maintaining quality assurance and quality control systems by managing the production of the SOPs to ensure that all BIOS trials are documented and reported in compliance with each protocol and the applicable regulatory requirements in a timely and correct manner. She has been a vital part of the BIOS program responsible for the FDA IND applications since 1995.

In addition to her protocol compliance and safety monitoring roles, she continues to serve as the program manager for multiple trials including the Intraventricular Hemorrhage Thrombolysis trial, managing 15 sites from 2003 to 2006; the EQUIGEN Chronic Dose and Single Dose trials, managing six CTSA centers from 2012 to 2015; the HeadSense Medical trial for FDA approval of a non-invasive intracranial pressure device, managing six centers from 2014 to 2016; and the Independent Oversight Committee for the ATACH II trial, reviewing the first three subjects at each site for protocol compliance and intensity as well as safety monitoring.

  • Steve Mayo, PD, CCRA, PMP
  • Director of Quality Assurance, Brain Injury Outcomes

Steven W. Mayo is the founder and president of Emissary International, LLC, a contract research organization providing clinical trial management services in North America and Europe. After starting his career as a retail and hospital pharmacist, he entered the pharmaceutical industry in 1987 as a Clinical Research Associate and was quickly promoted to a management position with international responsibilities. During this time, Dr. Mayo was the project manager for the company's hypertension program and was also instrumental in the development of new drugs for congestive heart failure, obesity, diabetes, burns, pain, and hypothyroidism. He also led the protocol and case report form committees, chaired an international data standards group, headed a group responsible for adverse event and concomitant medication coding, and championed the introduction of innovative new technologies designed to speed the clinical research process (EDC, fax retrieval, OCR, CTMS).

Dr. Mayo founded Emissary in 1995 and now manages an international team of clinical trial professionals involved in clinical study monitoring, project management, clinical data management, regulatory affairs, and medical writing. Under his guidance, Emissary has remained profitable each year while rapidly growing into an internationally respected operation, ranking among the top contract research organizations worldwide. In 2008, Emissary and Johns Hopkins Brain Injury Outcomes (BIOS), an academic research organization, established a long-term strategic collaboration. Emissary’s clinical research associates provide monitoring support on the trials conducted via this collaboration

Advisory Group

  • David Newman-Toker, MD, PHD
  • Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
  • Director, Division of Neuro-Visual and Vestibular Disorders, Department of Neurology
  • Director, Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence
  • Core Faculty, BIOS Clinical Trials Unit; Co-Investigator, Johns Hopkins-Tufts Trial Innovation Center

Dr. David E. Newman-Toker is an internationally recognized leader in neuro-otology, acute stroke diagnosis, and the study of diagnostic errors. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University, his medical degree at University of Pennsylvania, his residency training at Harvard University, and his doctoral degree in clinical research methods at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has served as a full-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since 2002. He is Professor of Neurology, Otolaryngology, and Ophthalmology, with joint appointments in Emergency Medicine, Acute Care Nursing, Health Sciences Informatics, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management.

Dr. Newman-Toker’s clinical focus is in diagnosis of acute disorders affecting the brainstem and cranial nerves, particularly stroke. His research mission is to achieve better outcomes through better diagnosis. He has been the principal investigator for multiple NIH, AHRQ, and foundation grants. He has published over 100 journal articles and given more than 200 invited lectures on dizziness and diagnostic errors. He is a leader in the national movement to eliminate patient harms from diagnostic error. Dr. Newman-Toker directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Diagnostic Excellence that seeks to catalyze efforts to improve diagnostic performance, develop the science of diagnostic safety, and enhance diagnostic research. He is a founding member of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and serves as Vice President of SIDM’s Board of Directors as well as Chair of SIDM’s Policy Committee.

  • James F. Casella, MD
  • Rainey Professor of Pediatric Hematology
  • Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology

Dr. James Casella received his medical degree from SUNY-Upstate Medical Center and completed his residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was subsequently a fellow in hematology/oncology, and joined the Hopkins faculty. Early in his career, Dr. Casella discovered and characterized the actin-capping protein Cap Z, which plays a fundamental role in cell biology.

He has been the Chief of Pediatric Hematology since 1997. He is also the Director of the Maryland Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center and the Basic and Translational Program in Sickle Cell Disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Casella has been awarded the Alexander "Buck" Schaffer Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of House Officers. He is one of the founders and co-director of the JHU/NCI Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program and is an adjunct senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute. He is the director of the NHLBI-funded K12 Career Development in Benign Hematology program at Johns Hopkins that trains young clinical investigators in benign hematology and transfusion medicine.

Dr. Casella is currently involved in basic and translational research to understand neurologic injury in sickle cell disease (SCD), and has participated in the development of numerous clinical trials to test treatment to prevent complications of SCD, including BABY HUG, SIT, STOP II, and the EPIC Trial. He is the PI for the NHLBI-funded HU Prevent Study “Hydroxyurea to Prevent CNS Complications in Children with Sickle Cell Disease.”

Statisticians

  • Rick Thompson, PhD
  • Biostatistician for the NCATS-funded JHU-Tufts Trial Innovation Center (TIC)

Richard “Rick” Thompson’s field of expertise is in the area of Biostatistics and Data Analysis. He is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has also served in leadership roles in the Johns Hopkins Biostatistics Center (Assistant Director and Executive Director) and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (Managing Director).

During his 18-year tenure as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Thompson co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers in several fields of clinical and translational research, including neurology, surgery, pediatrics, cardiology, radiology, gastroenterology and medical genetics. In addition, he is currently the PI of the Data Coordinating Center for the Minimally-Invasive Surgery Plus t-PA for Intracerebral Hemorrhage Evacuation (MISTIE) study, a phase III, international, multi-site clinical trial testing the effect of novel, minimally-invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of hemorrhagic stroke. In this capacity, Dr. Thompson provides oversight and guidance on all statistical aspects of this trial, from study design to publications. In addition, he was the lead statistician for the recently completed Clot Lysis: Evaluating Accelerated Resolution of Intraventricular Hemorrhage (CLEAR) phase III trial.

  • Constantine Frangakis, PhD
  • Professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Constantine Frangakis develops designs and methods of analyses to evaluate treatments in medicine, public health and policy (causal inference). The increased quality and number of available treatments, and increasing ethical and practical constraints, are transforming the field of intervention research: the factors of research interest are no longer (and correctly so) the same as factors that we can intervene on humans. To address this, we have been developing new designs and methods for partially controlled studies, studies that explore the factors that can be controlled, in order to investigate the effects of the factors of research interest.

Staff

Cindy MacInnis, MBA, CCRP
Research Services Navigator for the NCATS-funded JHU-Tufts Trial Innovation Center (TIC)

Cindy MacInnis oversees research services projects for TIC projects receiving Central IRB and standard agreements services and is responsible for managing trial innovation center project workflow between principal investigators, participating sites, IRB and research administration. She has over 14 years of clinical research management experience. Prior to working with the JHU-Tufts TIC, she liaised between Johns Hopkins University and Greater Baltimore Medical Center to facilitate expanding university-led research to the community hospital setting and support cross-institutional investigator collaborations with the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network. She also managed the medical oncology clinical trials program at the Berman Institute at GBMC, overseeing 50 active studies and the department’s research team staff.

Ms. MacInnis earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2004 and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2017.

Jennifer Houser
Financial Analyst

Jennifer Houser will act as the accounting specialist to assist sites with the development and management of study budgets. She will assist with budget coordination between the different TICs. Ms. Houser has more than 20 years of experience in finance.

 

Lindsay Eyzaguirre, MS
Project Manager

Lindsay M. Eyzaguirre is a Research Program Manager with a master’s degree in epidemiology and 15 years of research experience. Her expertise is in training personnel in resource-limited settings in areas such as viral diagnostics and monitoring techniques, molecular virology techniques, biological sample management, and Human Research Compliance. She also has experience managing and coordinating research projects funded by the NIH, CDC and private companies. She brings proficiency in designing and implementing research studies, and providing guidance and technical expertise in grant writing. Her primary role at the JHU-Tufts Trial Innovation Center (TIC) is to conduct the TIN Initial and Comprehensive Consults from start to finish. She serves as the liaison between investigators, research staff, and experts.

Tracey Hartmann, LPN, CCRP
Project Manager

Tracey K. Hartmann is a Senior Research Program Coordinator with 15 years of research experience with the BIOS division. She began as a study coordinator, managing NIH and industry-sponsored drug and device trials. Ms. Hartmann transitioned to a site startup specialist in the NIH-funded CLEAR III trial. She trained and initiated over 100 sites in the U.S. and internationally. She continued this role for the MISTIE III trial and transitioned into site management, working with U.S. and international sites. She also serves as a safety event officer for the Safety Event Committee. Her primary role at the JHU-Tufts Trial Innovation Center (TIC) is managing site startup activities.

Andrew Mould, MPHc
Project Manager

Andrew Mould has been part of the Division of Brain Injury Outcomes since 2011. His expertise is in the area of neuroimaging, and he is the current manager of the Brain Injury Outcomes NeuroImaging Center (BIONIC). Together with his team, he is responsible for assessing all CTs and MRIs for qualitative and quantitative metrics across all brain hemorrhage and traumatic brain injury studies including CLEAR, MISTIE, B-AHEAD, READ-TBI, and AVERT. Mr. Mould is also part of the on-call team responsible for enrolling all patients into the MISTIE and CLEAR studies to ensure the safety of patients entering into the trial and through the acute phase for any new or expanding bleeding as well as endpoint verification. He has a specific research interest in perihematomal edema and has worked with colleagues in Erlangen to create and refine a methodology for measurement of PHE on CT. He is also a project manager for the Trial Innovation Center and works closely with NCATS and the CTSA network to help support innovations to increase efficiency in the planning, implementation, and conduct of multicenter randomized clinical trials.

Noeleen Ostapkovich, MS
Project and QA Manager

Noeleen Ostapkovich has 31 years of experience as a research coordinator, research manager and regulatory specialist for Neuroanesthesia and Neurocritical Care research. She began working with the CLEAR projects since 2000, and came to Johns Hopkins as a member of the Brain Injury Outcomes (BIOS) team in 2012.

Krista Vermillion, MS, MPM, CCRP
Project Manager

Krista Vermillion has 20 years of experience working in research at Johns Hopkins University, and she specializes in engagement and communication, topics that are near and dear to her heart. She is working as a Project Manager for the HU Prevent trial and the PENS Trial/Trial Innovation Network Demonstration Project; as a Project Manager/QA Monitor for the Newton 2 Trial; and as a Site Manager for the MISTIE III trial. Her past successes within BIOS also include Project Management for the READ-TBI and B-AHEAD III trials. Her current role in the Trial Innovation Network also includes involvement in the Protocol Assessment Team, the Protocol Development Team, The Hub Liaison Team Working Group and the Patient, Providers and Public Working Group.

Radhika Avadhani, MS
Data Manager

Radhika Avadhani has served as a data manager for the Brain Injury Outcomes (BIOS) since December 2016. Her prior experience involves working as an analyst in both research and hospital-based setting for maintenance of standard analytics and reports, validation of the data integrity, and the summarization and distribution of analytics and statistical reports. She will continue to perform data management duties for the TIC projects.

Rachel Dlugash, MSPH
Data Manager

Rachel Dlugash has worked as a data manager in the Brain Injury Outcomes division since 2013, and will support data management activities in the upcoming TIC projects. She has worked with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Biostatistics Center on large, multi-centered international clinical trials. Her prior work experience includes having worked as a research coordinator who independently managed a study in Preventive Cardiology, and having worked on standardizing pharmaceutical trial data in preparation for electronic submission to the FDA.

Ryan Majkowski
Data Manager and Regulatory Documentation Specialist

Ryan Majkowski came to Brain Injury Outcomes in 2010 and works as a Regulatory Documentation Specialist. Within the JHU-Tufts TIC, he provides expertise to the development of the multicenter trial startup/execution team in terms of creating regulatory document requirements, structures, and processes. Within the JHU Data Management team, he works to better standardize regulatory data metrics for analysis.

Ying Wang, MS
Data Manager

Ying Wang is one of the data managers in the Brain Injury Outcomes (BIOS). She was previously a data manager for NIH-funded collaborative genetic studies and joined the BIOS group in December 2016. She has extensive experience in database development, data extraction, transformation and loading. She will support the data management in TIC projects.

 

Shannon Hillery
Research Program Assistant

Shannon Hillery came to Brain Injury Outcomes (BIOS) in October of 2017 as a Research Program Assistant. Her responsibilities consist of project support and performance tracking, among many others, to aid in BIOS operations. As a graduate from Towson University she enters BIOS with a background in Psychology and experience in conducting Biopsychology research. She hopes to develop her career within BIOS as well as further her education through Johns Hopkins University in the future.

 

Christina Grabarits
Research Program Assistant

Christina Grabarits is a Research Assistant for the Brain Injury Outcomes NeuroImaging Center (BIONIC) as of May, 2017. Her responsibilities include assessing volumetric and qualitative measures for brain hemorrhages within the MISTIE-III trial and managing the sample collections for the MISTIE-III substudy, MTI-M3. She is also a part of the communications team for multiple TIC projects. With a B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Syracuse University, she hopes to further her career within BIOS.