DISCOVERY Network. Almost 30% of stroke patients go on to develop dementia. Yet researchers understand very little about why. In order to learn more about what causes post-stroke vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia or VCID, NIH has launched a nationwide stroke research network, called DISCOVERY. The University is Minnesota is a clinical performance site in this network, one of 30 sites nationwide. We will enroll stroke survivors from the acute stroke service. Patients will be followed for two or more years, and undergo cognitive assessments, brain imaging, genetic analyses, and fluid biomarker testing. We hope to advance the understanding of risk factors that lead to VCID, early stroke recovery, and approaches to prevention. DISCOVERY is a 5-year study scheduled to start in December 2020.
The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) will work with a dynamic team of investigators, coordinators, and fellows primarily on the Determinants of Incident Stroke Cognitive Outcomes and Vascular Effects on Recovery (DISCOVERY) Network. He/she will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of study tasks including recruitment/enrollment activities and facilitation of study-specific administrative and regulatory activities. The CRC reports to the study PI and will work closely with the PI on all aspects of the study. The CRC will be provided with the necessary training for study tasks. Full time effort. Salary is negotiable based on background and experience. There are opportunities for advancement including into more managerial roles.
The DISCOVERY network is a joint effort between the Department of Neurology in the Medical School and the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health in the School of Public Health. The CRC appointment will be through the Department of Neurology. The CRC will have an office in the ECRC (Epidemiology Clinical Research Center), to facilitate participant follow ups and visits. Depending on your workload for DISCOVERY, you may have the opportunity to be involved in other stroke-related protocols.
Per UMN policy, those who are able to work from home are expected to continue to work from home as much as possible until further notice (at a minimum through the beginning of August 2021). However, this is not a fully remote position; many of the responsibilities must be performed in person. The amount of time spent remote vs. in person will vary. You will be provided with a UMN laptop to enable you to carry out remote work securely.
1) Initiate new clinical trials, coordinate the enrollment of eligible patients, manage and coordinate research subject's participation, perform patient evaluations, extract and report quality patient data and samples, and respond to data queries. (30%)
2) Responsible for interpretation of, application of, and compliance with Federal Regulations, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and University and Clinical Partner policies as it relates to assigned research protocols (20%)
3) Design and provide training concerning protocol and study procedures; primary responsibility for interpretation and implementation of the study protocol, procedures and definitions for the study team (10%)
4) Ensure accurate methods and procedures are used in labeling blood sample tubes, processing, recording and transferring to frozen storage. (10%)
5) Act as information resource to University faculty and staff for protocol specific queries, including availability of trials, enrollment requirements, specimens needed, etc. (10%)
6) Communication with the IRB, SPA, sponsoring agencies, principal investigator(s), other service providers, subjects, families, and research team members. (10%)
7) Ensure timely and accurate data and regulatory (FDA and IRB) submissions; engage with providers and investigators to ensure adequate source documentation is available; accurate interpretation and recording of data; maintenance of subject research charts. (10%)
We are seeking highly motivated candidates with strong organizational and interpersonal skills and who have a high level of professionalism since they will have access to confidential medical information. We will provide training in clinical skills as warranted by project-specific requirements (these may include phlebotomy, facilitation of EKGs, collection of vital signs or cognitive testing or other clinical measures).
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
• BA/BS with at least 2 years of clinical research or stroke-related experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 6 years; • Good people skills in communicating with study participants; • Strong time management and planning skills; able to prioritize tasks and deadlines • Strong communication skills • Flexibility with work schedule to accommodate participant visits • Ability to follow study protocols carefully and good ethical standards; follow GCP guidelines • Willing to be an active research team member in terms of contributing to the efficiency of research, offering suggestions for quality improvement • Knowledge of the informed consent process • Provide at least 2 references • Have reliable personal transportation and are punctual • Comfort with computers, specifically the Windows operating system, is essential. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access and Excel, as well as the ability to learn how to use new software is also important. • Ability to work independently, as well as a team player
• Previous experience in recruiting participants for clinical research; • Experience in conducting clinical interviews • Experience in preparing IRB applications and study-related documentation • Experience with EPIC or other electronic medical records • Experience working with patients • Familiarity with use of REDCap • Familiarity with University of Minnesota, MHealth Fairview hospitals and clinics • Knowledge of medical terminology • Background in neurosciences, public health, medicine or bio-medical research • SOCRA certification
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