This position performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols. The Research Study Assistant collects, compiles, tabulates &/or processes responses; gathers information. Assists in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. This role completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH). Dr. Weintraub’s laboratory is situated within the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease (Mesulam Center), a multi-departmental component of the Feinberg School of Medicine. We specialize in the clinical care and scientific study of neurological diseases that interfere with cognition and behavior. We recruit and enroll cognitively healthy older individuals and individuals suffering from memory loss and early stage dementia into a registry (Northwestern Alzheimer’s Disease Center Clinical Core) where they are followed annually with neuropsychological tests and other data gathering procedures. The purpose of the registry is to make available to collaborating researchers a well characterized cohort of research participants for a wide variety of studies. Areas of emphasis that are supported by our participants include development of novel computerized instruments to assess preclinical evidence of cognitive impairment, extraordinary maintenance of memory function in old age (SuperAging), early onset Alzheimer’s dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia and Frontotemporal Dementia. Our mission is to investigate causes and clinical characteristics of neurodegenerative diseases, to ensure that our patients are the beneficiaries of the latest research advances, and to improve methods of detecting cognitive impairment that signals disease. The current position will be under the Clinical Core and ancillaries which include validation of the NIH Toolbox in older adults with cognitive impairment, establishing a registry for frontotemporal dementia and following individuals with young onset Alzheimer’s disease. Duties will include recruitment, scheduling, and neuropsychological testing of participants as well as data entry. Ideal candidates will have experience working with older adults and a strong interest in conducting research.
Recruits study participants.
Reviews & obtains informed consent.
Schedules study visits with participants.
Scores test results.
Collects survey data.
Reviews medical records.
Consults with nurses & physicians to determine pretreatment & eligibility requirements of protocol from completion to registration of participants.
Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow.
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
Completes portions of grant applications &/or documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.
May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
Monitors & distribute petty cash.
May train other research staff to interview/test participants.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Must complete Northwestern's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Background in psychology, neuroscience or related field.
Experience working with human subjects research.
Experience working with the aging population or people with dementia.
Experience with data entry and databases.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience administering and scoring neuropsychological tests.
Demonstrated knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias.
Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state regulations governing the participation of human subjects.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35573
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