The Research Program Coordinator will provide research support for ongoing MRI and clinical studies of schizophrenia and related disorders under the direct supervision of Dr. Russell L. Margolis of the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry.
Current project goals are 1) to develop novel neuroimaging approaches to study the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, 2) to develop biomarkers to monitor disease progress and therapeutic interventions, 3) to develop a new tool to assess the clinical status of acutely ill inpatients with schizophrenia, 4) to develop and use records obtained in clinical practice to improve the diagnosis and treatment of outpatients with schizophrenia, to assist with the interface of lab and clinical projects, 5) develop novel therapeutic strategies in neuropsychiatric disorders.
The coordinator will recruit, screen and enroll subjects with and without schizophrenia; provide the logistical and operational support for scheduling and obtaining MRI scans; perform standardized clinical and cognitive assessments; manage schizophrenia clinic and inpatient unit data collection and storage; assist in the development and renewal of IRB protocols; assure adherence to IRB protocols and other regulatory guidelines; assist with the generation of research progress reports and new grant applications; assist laboratory staff with protocols, samples, and interface with clinical projects.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Protocol Development and interface with IRB
Assist with the development, submission, amendment, and renewal of IRB protocols.
Compile and maintain IRB protocols and all records required by IRB and other regulatory agencies, including Johns Hopkins entities.
Follow IRB and study protocols; works with study investigator and IRB to improve and update existing protocols.
Assist with other regulatory protocols pertaining to research activities.
Create and compile recruitment materials, initiate subject recruitment strategies, and monitor recruitment goals.
Actively seek out clinicians and others to obtain leads about potential subjects; efforts will include telephone calls, visits to specific clinicians and to inpatient and outpatient clinics, visits to potential off-campus recruitment sites.
Educate clinicians about study protocols, monitor clinicians who provide data or consent subjects.
Learn and demonstrate competency in screening and assessment tools; administer the tools to subjects.
Maintain organized records of subject recruitment and advertising.
Maintains database of current, potential and declined subjects, including breakdown of demographic information following guidelines and expectations of the IRB, NIH, and/or other regulatory or funding entities.
Obtains informed consent from subjects, with careful attention to IRB and study protocols.
Logistics, operations, and data collection
Prepare and organize study materials.
Coordinate scheduling, reminders, transportation, and reimbursement for study subjects.
Coordination subject visits with MRI technicians and outside collaborators.
Administer clinical and cognitive assessments of subjects.
Assist in assuring subject comfort and well-beginning during scans and other study procedures.
Work with inpatient and outpatient staff to assure that all information that is necessary to complete study protocol has been completed.
Support study operations by ordering supplies, processing travel reimbursements and vendor payment requests, reviewing and ensuring the accuracy of incoming invoices, and maintaining financial records.
Coordinate data systems between lab and clinical projects.
Data Management and Analysis
Assures all required data is collected and appropriately and securely stored.
Maintains subject records in an organized manner.
Monitor other study personnel to assure that study protocols, data collection, and data management is performed appropriately.
Extract data from medical record system as required by research protocols.
Develop and maintain research databases, including data cleaning.
Assist with compilation, depiction, and analysis of results.
Assist laboratory staff with data organization and management.
Publication/Presentation/Grant Preparation Support
Support PI in preparing presentations, publications, progress reports and grant applications, including performing literature searches and generation of graphs and tables.
Organize and attend research meetings.
After meetings, prepare and distribute notes, to do lists, and timelines for completion of tasks.
Attend training sessions as available or required.
Position requires work at multiple sites
BA/BS in related discipline required and some experience.
Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. *
1-2 years of experience in clinical or medical research setting.
Knowledge of medical terminology, clinical research practices and principles
Experience in working with individuals with mental illness.
Experience in psychiatric patient recruitment and assessment.
Experience with Redcap or similar database systems
Classified Title: Research Program Coordinator Working Title: Research Program Coordinator Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD Starting Salary Range: $16.23 - $22.35; Commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 5pm; Up to 40 hours per week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003302-SOM Psy Neurobiology Personnel area: School of Medicine
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