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The Movement Disorder Center (MDC), directed by Irene Litvan, MD, was recently created to bring together faculty and staff who specialize in Movement Disorders such as Parkinson's disease and related disorders, to work together as a multidisciplinary and comprehensive group to provide the best possible care for patients. Movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect the speed, control, quality and ease of movement. The Movement Disorder Center at UCSD is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic, therapeutic, palliative and supportive care to patients with movement disorders and related neurodegenerative diseases. The Movement Disorder Center is conducting clinical trials and is collaborating with Investigators both within the UC System and outside the System in search for markers of the disease diagnosis. Our main objective is to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families and caregivers, while searching for significant ways to advance knowledge of these disorders through a multidisciplinary clinical and research team.
Under general supervision, the Clinical Researcher will manage and execute clinical trials for the Movement Disorder Center. The incumbent will provide significant independent contributions as well as original ideas pertaining to the planning and development of studies related to Parkinson's disease (PD), Dementia, Alzheimer's disease (AD), and atypical parkinsonian disorders such as: progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), multiple system atrophy (MSA), Lewy body disease and other related disorders.
The Clinical Researcher will: 1) implement and manage all clinical research projects; 2) provide direction and guidance in the execution of clinical research and 3) propose solutions and strategies to resolve any issues that might arise. The incumbent will also handle clinical coordination and testing, protocol management and administration and will act as a liaison with UCSD departments and community clinics/agencies. The incumbent will work closely with state and federal regulatory officials to ensure compliance with all study-related activities.
Theoretical knowledge of medical and pharmaceutical terminology and concepts, and/or biological science, with a Bachelor's degree in pharmacy, biology or hematology, sufficient to prepare, review and understand the contents of medical research protocols and amendments.
Demonstrated project management experience with the ability to successfully plan, organize, prioritize, develop, analyze, implement and manage multiple clinical research projects with complex logistics involving multi-sites and priorities. Ability to set short and long-term goals of projects and project objectives, and work with others in achieving organizational goals and deadlines.
Working knowledge of FDA regulations, OPRP, HRPP policies and procedures, and HIPAA. Familiarity with the code of federal regulations (CFRs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines and other regulations for the conduct of clinical research.
Strong demonstrated experience working with clinical trials research activities, regulatory compliance, guidelines related to informed consent, ethical conduct, and protection of human subjects as well as interpreting and comprehending complex clinical research protocols, activities and guidelines.
Knowledge of neurological disease such as Parkinson's disease, dementia, atypical parkinsonian disorders, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, multiple system atrophy, Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body disease and other related disorders.
Experience conducting neuropsychometric test batteries such as Digit Span Forward, Digit Span Backward, Verbal Fluency FAS, Wais-R Digit Symbol Substitution test, Category Fluency test, Trail Making Test and Clock Drawing Test, ADAS-Cog (Certification needed) and the Mini mental Status Exam (MMSEs).
Experience creating or modifying Informed Consent documents that comply with HRPP, FDA and other governing agencies.
Experience handling human blood samples and working knowledge of protocols for shipping of biological substances.
Experience and familiarity with the Institutional Review Board. Experience preparing and submitting continuing review materials, amendments, and other regulatory documents to an IRB.
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