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Research Coordinator | Tharick Pascoal’s Lab

Description

Tharick Pascoal’s lab focuses on performing sophisticated brain imaging techniques, blood analysis, cognitive testing, and clinical trials in human subjects. The neuroimaging aspect of our work involves patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography. The fluid biomarker aspect of our work includes analysis of blood samples using cutting edge technologies such as Single molecule array (Simoa). The aim of this research is the development and validation of biomarkers capable of identifying the presence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias the development of novel therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases. The Research Coordinator will be responsible for the neuroimaging data (Positron Emisssion Tomography and MRI) coordination of several multi-site studies. The Research Coordinator will have the responsibility to coordinate processing, databasing, sharing, and analysis of neuroimaging data. The Research Coordinator will communicate with the sites and ensure that the neuroimaging aspects of our projects will follow the highest standards.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform duties for approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, and storage of data.
  • Assist in hypothesis generation, data collection, data analysis and data presentation and publication.
  • Complete online IRB certification modules 1 and 2 (Research Practice Fundamentals) in accordance with Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Assist in data collection and data entry and quality control of data.
  • Process, label, store and ship blood specimens obtained from research subjects.
  • Revise, renew and maintain IRB approval, protocols and consent forms for studies.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage.
  • Administer questionnaires and assist with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • Follow the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.

Qualifications

  • B.A. degree, or equivalent combination of experience and training - including 3-5 years of experience in coordinating multiple aspects of research projects (patient recruitment, assessment, treatment planning, and data collection,) required.
  • Phlebotomy skills a plus.
  • Computer Skills (Microsoft Office Products). IRB experience preferred. Ability to accurately collect, and store research data.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with patients, staff and investigators as well as maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, must be able to work a flexible schedule based on study needs. Ability to interact with patients/study participants and research and medical staff.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below.
  • Knowledge of the principles of growth and cognition over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department's policy and procedures.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 34
  • OAPSA

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