Karen R. Charron, BSN, MPH, CCRC

Associate Lecturer, Center for Immunization Research


Karen Charron is an Associate Lecturer and Assistant Director of Academic Programs of the Global Disease Epidemiology Control program in the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Towson State University in 1985 and completed her MPH degree at JHSPH in 1991. She is a Certified Clinical Research coordinator (CCRC) through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). Ms. Charron is a vaccine trials expert who has been involved in the clinical investigation, management and operational conduct for multiple phase I and II clinical trials of adult and pediatric experimental vaccines with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Immunization Research (CIR) since 1992. Vaccines studied include hepatitis B vaccines, preventive and therapeutic HIV vaccines, respiratory syncytial virus vaccines, rotavirus vaccines, human papilloma vaccine (HPV) and influenza virus vaccines. She currently is the Principal Investigator for the Center for Immunization Research healthy adult screening protocol. Ms. Charron served as clinical research coordinator (CRC) for Abt Associates, Inc., the Domestic Master Contractor for the HIV Network for Prevention Trials (HIVNET) responsible for the clinical and operational oversight and training for a multicenter Phase II AIDS vaccine trial. Ms. Charron is focused on training and education. She developed a graduate online course at JHSPH entitled Clinical Vaccine Trials and Good Clinical Practices (GCP) course offered every spring which provides GCP certification; developed and directed a program of applied face to face GCP training workshops in the US, Africa, Asia and Europe, directs a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program in the Department of International Health.