Clinical Translational Coordinator I Center for Cognitive Medicine
Dr. Warren Taylor in the Center for Cognitive Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has an open position for Clinical / Translational Research Coordinator 1. This role involves collecting and managing data from clinical participants as part of NIH-funded projects focused on older adults with depression.
The person in this role would have responsibility for recruiting study participants and guiding them through study procedures while adhering to good research practices. This person would also help with strategic planning for laboratory projects and liaison with other research groups.
The laboratory is housed in the Department of Psychiatry in the Center for Cognitive Medicine: https://www.vumc.org/ccm/welcome . The focus of the lab is on the use of behavioral, cognitive, and neuroimaging approaches to learn more about factors influencing the occurrence, persistence, and outcomes of depression in older adults. This also includes the development of novel treatment approaches. Additional work examines aging and vulnerability to dementias such as Alzheimer's disease. The Laboratory has strong ties to other research groups in the Department of Psychiatry and the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science.
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With assistance, prepares and processes new IRB research proposals, amendments, continuing review applications and adverse event reports according to institutional and departmental policies and procedures and federal regulations.
Screens and schedules study participants, working collaboratively with participants, other staff and trainees, and departments to complete research protocols including behavioral data collection, neuroimaging data collection, and questionnaire and interview data collection. Follows an established protocol faithfully and meticulously to ensure data integrity across all forms of data collection.
Works to recruit potential study participants by coordinating with other laboratories and/or departments/centers, community groups, and online social platforms. Will help guide overall recruitment planning and strategies.
Participates in the ongoing informed consent process, ensuring that participants and involved families clearly understand what is expected of and from them in the course of participating in a research study.
After training, schedule and guide participants through study procedures, including guiding them through protocols involving MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
After training, will conduct diagnostic assessments and memory testing with participants.
Maintains good rapport with research participants, assuring timely communication and sending follow-up information as needed.
Monitor quality of study procedures and adherence to institutional and federal requirements.
Collect samples and submit for processing.
Procures equipment and supplies needed to fulfill project requirements.
Collaboratively participates in study team meetings and initiates regular check-ins with principal investigator. Maintains open and positive communication with investigators, research staff, sponsors, participants, and representatives of professional organizations, participant advocates, and the public responsible for, or concerned about, protections for human participants of research.
May supervise undergraduate students in following protocols for data entry, coding, and verification.
Helps monitor data quality and prepare data for analysis and upload to sponsor-mandated data-sharing repositories. Assists with data management using REDCap or other tools.
Assists with developing budgets for research proposals.
Demonstrates initiative for continuous learning, both self-directed and as evidenced by attendance of educational and professional development opportunities. Actively seeks new learning opportunities, seeing learning as part of work.
Furthers knowledge base by attending a Basic Research 101 within first several months of employment, if not previously attended.
Bachelor's Degree, preferred in psychology, neuroscience, or related field. Prior experience with human subject research and patient recruiting is preferred. Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
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