This is a position focused on the conduction of existing research protocols, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols and study standard operating procedure (SOP) manuals. Duties also include scheduling and conducting study participant assessments using structured and semi-structured psychiatric questionnaires and clinical interviews, administration of behavioral assessments, conduction of fMRI study visit protocols, curation of study data forms, data management, and preliminary analysis as the researcher coordinator's skills/interests permit. This position requires interaction and coordination of research activities with other study team members (e.g., principal investigator, co-investigators, research coordinators, volunteer undergraduate research assistants). We will provide training as needed in all assessment methods, study task and procedure operations, psychiatric neuroscience, and data management skills and relevant statistical methods and computational approaches. Specific duties and percentages of time spent on each are listed, below:
Study Management - 40%
Monitor implementation, management, coordination and documentation of all study activities in accordance with GCP, federal regulations and institutional policies. Ensure that components of the project are completed in an ethically, scientifically, rigorous and timely manner. Ensure lab personnel/volunteers are compliant with safety regulations and lab specific protocols are established and followed.
Continuously update safety records and procedures. Provide administrative support to initiate research studies/activities including assisting with preparation of grant applications and IRB submissions.
Responsibilities also include acquiring internal approvals, documentation and regulation management.
Specific Study Management Duties:
* Perform screening related activities as per protocol specific guidelines
* Maintain working knowledge of assigned protocol
* Complete case report forms and respond to monitor issues queries
* Complete adverse event (AE) logs and other study documentation
* Complete required forms for any serious adverse events (SAE) and report and notify appropriate departments / sponsors per requirements
* Schedule/conduct study monitor visits as directed by study sponsor
* Work with principal investigator and regulatory to update participants on study amendments and re-consenting process
* Communicate with principal investigator to ensure study specific procedures are completed
* Communicate with study staff, research volunteers, and trainees within the laboratory to ensure study specific procedures are completed
* Facilitate additional study processes (collection of vital signs, scheduling for fMRI study visits, perform EMG, schedule blood draws and facilitate lab collection/processing, patient questionnaires, assist with fMRI study scans, etc.)
Data Management - 20%
Perform study data collection and entry; collect enrollment and study data, using charts, correspondence, electronic study records, and personal communications with other research staff.
Specific Data Management Duties: .
* Respond to monitor issues queries
* Enter participant registration and visit dates in various internal databases (e.g., Oncore)
* Review Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research active recruitment logs and records to abstract appropriate research related information
* Maintain working knowledge of relevant medical and psychological terminology, and understanding of psychiatric conditions
* Study data manager and staff contact for issues arising with data management or entry
* Manage follow up schedule and perform follow up visits
Recruitment - 20%
Responsible for patient recruitment, screening, consent, enrollment, and registrations for clinical studies in people with eating disorders.
Specific Recruitment Duties:
* Assist with consenting/screening process for new study patients
* Participate in recruitment efforts for new study participants
* Maintain a working knowledge of patient eligibility and protocol specific requirements
* Perform study visit screening activities (perform EMG, schedule blood draws and facilitate lab collection/processing, patient questionnaires)
* Collect/obtain all necessary information to be sent to study sponsors
* Procure participant records and information as needed for study
* Assist with other documentation as directed
* Facilitate study nurse/physician review of study specific lab reports and participant assessments
* Schedule/coordinate monitoring visits with study sponsors
Laboratory activities - 20%
Laboratory functions: Protocol set up, data collection, conducting study visit activities as required per protocol. Must be able to follow standard operating procedures for select instruments and/or methods to meet requirements of the research. Includes: assessing blind height/weight for research participants, communicating with Fairview laboratories across campus for blood draw, measuring food intake for research participant test meals, setting up for fMRI study scan visits, setting up and conducting clinical interviews and behavioral/psychological assessments, setting up protocol specific procedural manuals and documentation throughout study.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Dr. Anderson's research laboratory is part of the Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research. The Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota, and conducts research in the following areas: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, emotional eating, purging/self-induced vomiting, dietary restriction, disordered eating, and eating disorder treatment. Dr. Anderson's laboratory also focuses on identifying transdiagnostic processes that contribute to the overlap between anxiety and eating disorders, in hopes of ultimately informing future treatment development efforts for eating disorders.
The Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research at the University of Minnesota has provided treatment and conducted research in the area of eating disorders since the 1970's. The program has been the recipient of several research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Minnesota Obesity Center, and private foundations such as the McKnight Foundation. The investigators who oversee the clinic are internationally known for their research in this area.
The Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research is committed to providing unique training opportunities in eating disorders research across professional development. As one of three sites that comprise the Midwest Regional Post-Doctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders Research, post-doctoral trainees have been integral members of our team since the training grant's inception in 2009. In addition to post-baccalaureate and graduate student clinical research training opportunities, which include study coordination and assessment, volunteer research assistants gain exposure to eating disorders and clinical research through their involvement with current research projects and educational seminars.
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