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Research Associate

Lauren Allen, MA, manages an orthopedic trauma research consortium and studies administrative, financial methods and data that optimizes multicenter trial performance.

Contact Info

415 N. Washington Street, Room 357

Research Interests

clinical research; research administration; research operations; data quality assurance; multi-center studies; randomized controlled trials; observational studies; injury research; minimizing threats to validity in studies involving primary data collection; large pragmatic trials
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ursinus College
Lauren E. Allen is a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. She is the Chief of Operations of the Coordinating Center for the Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Consortium (METRC). The goal of METRC is to produce the evidence needed to establish treatment guidelines for the optimal care of the wounded warrior and ultimately to improve the clinical, functional, and quality of life outcomes of both service members and civilians who sustain high energy limb trauma. The Coordinating Center and more than 60 Level 1 and Level 2 civilian trauma centers and Military Treatment Facilities work together to conduct more than 25 multi-center randomized controlled trials and observational studies.

Ms. Allen’s research interests pertain to clinical research administration with a particular emphasis on the operational mechanisms of control which contribute to robust and effective multi-center study implementation and data quality assurance plans.
Select Publications
Publications pertaining to METRC
  • METRC Investigators (Corporate Author). Building a Clinical Research Network for Orthopaedic Trauma: The Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC). Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 30, 353- 361.
  • O’Toole, R., Joshi, M., Carlini, A., Murray, C., Allen, L., Scharfstein, D., Gary, J., Bosse, M., Castillo, R., & METRC (2017). Local Antibiotic Therapy to Reduce Infection after Operative Treatment of Fractures at High Risk of Infection: A Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Trial (VANCO Study). Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma Supplement.
  • O’Toole, R., Joshi, M., Carlini, A., Sikorski, R., Dagal, A., Murray, C., Weaver, M., Paryavi, E., Stall, A., Scharfstein, D., Agel, J., Zadnik, M., Bosse, M., Castillo, R., & METRC. (2017). Supplemental Perioperative Oxygen to Reduce Surgical Site Infection After High-Energy Fracture Surgery (OXYGEN Study). Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma Supplement.
  • O’Toole, R., Gary, J., Reider, L., Bosse, M., Gordon, W., Huston, J., Quinnan, S., Castillo, R., Scharfstein, D., MacKenzie, E., & METRC. (2017). A Prospective Randomized Trial to Assess Fixation Strategies for Severe Open Tibia Fractures: Modern Ring External Fixators Versus Internal Fixation (FIXIT Study). Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma Supplement.
  • Bosse, M., Morshed, S., Reider, L., Ertl, W., Toledano, J., Firoozabadi, R., Seymour, R., Carroll, E., Scharfstein, D., Steverson, B., MacKenzie, E., & METRC. (2017). Transtibial Amputation Outcomes Study: Comparing Transtibial Amputation With and Without A Tibiofibular Synostosis(Ertl)Procedure. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma Supplement.
The Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Consortium