Clinical Research Coordinator 1
University of Chicago
The purpose of the University of Chicago (UChicago) Center for Healthy Aging Behaviors and Longitudinal InvestigationS (CHABLIS) is to promote a sustained research and infrastructure development program that leverages longitudinal data, from both observational and interventional studies, to examine how demographic and economic factors facilitate or suppress individual healthy aging behaviors (HABs) and, in turn, influence outcomes among older adults over the life course. Spanning five divisions and schools and partnering with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), CHABLIS brings many areas of expertise and multiple methodologies to bear on the demography and economics of aging. CHABLIS aims to: (1) enhance and lead innovation in the demography and economics of aging; and (2) cultivate the next generation of leaders in social science approaches to aging research with attention to demographic methods and approaches.
About the Department
The Program Development Core focuses on providing research and career development support to early-career faculty and supporting pilot projects that span the demography and economics of aging in both medical and social science realms. Our External Innovative Network Core draws on the infrastructure of the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), and our local Comprehensive Care Physician (CCP) Program, to create opportunities for exchange and research synergies between these two different forms of data collection and research. The External Research Resources Support and Dissemination Core is a joint effort with the Duke Center for Population Health and Aging (CPHA). Its goal is to identify, design, conduct and assess innovations in data collection and measurement for use in current and future data-focused studies of aging, and share those findings immediately. The emphasis in that Core, and throughout the center, is that longitudinal data collection efforts are central to research on aging, whether they be local (e.g., CCP) or national (e.g., NSHAP); data collection processes must be continually advanced to ensure that these data are relevant and used. Our Administrative and Research Support Core lays out our move, both physically and administratively, to the Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS). This Core manages all aspects of the enterprise and will conduct expanded evaluation activities.
The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is a key team member working with the lead physician researcher, known as the Principal Investigator (Pl), to support medical research activities. This person performs an important project management role. The CRC role provides individuals with the opportunity to support cutting edge research while working closely with doctors, nurses, and other care providers within a health system and academic medical center. CRCs do not need to be medically trained or have an advanced degree. Project management skills, attention to detail, passion for research and innovation, and the desire to help patients will enable someone to be successful as a CRC. There are progressive levels within the CRC role, creating opportunities for growth and even management-level roles.
While the Principal Investigator is primarily responsible for the overall design, conduct, and management of the study, the CRC I is responsible for supporting ongoing research projects, which include (1) subgroup analysis focused on understanding the impact of Vitamin D supplementation on older adults and (2) recruitment for secondary study comparing the impact of low (400 IU / day) vs moderate (4,000 IU / day) doses of vitamin D in community members.
Understand variation in baseline vitamin D levels among older adults.
Quantify variation in response of vitamin D levels to varying levels of D supplementation in older adults.
Delineate variation in COVID risk and response to vitamin D treatment in older adults.
Compare asymptomatic seroconversion (COVID antibody negative to COVID antibody positive without presence of symptomatic disease) in older adults versus younger adults.
Support the PI by organizing relevant meetings.
Protect data confidentiality by ensuring security of research data and personal health information and compliance with federal regulations and protocols.
Support analysts in compiling longitudinal survey data so it is ready for analysis and publication in translational research journals.
Assist in the training of other research team members.
Assist in hiring and supervision of other research personnel, such as interns.
Ensure study protocol adherence.
Prepares for or participate in quality assurance audits conducted by study sponsors, federal agencies, or specially designated review groups.
Participates in study-related documentation, such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, or progress reports.
Performs other related work as needed.
Education:Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).
Knowledge of medical terminology/environment.
Ability to interact and communicate with clarity, tact, and courtesy with patrons, patients, staff, faculty, students, and others.
Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy.
Strong organizational skills.
Strong communication skills (verbal and written).
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Strong data management skills and attention to detail.
Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat.
Read and understand complex documents (e.g., clinical trials).
Handle competing demands with diplomacy and enthusiasm.
Absorb large amounts of information quickly.
Adaptability to changing working situations and work assignments.
Cover Letter (required)
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Scheduled Weekly Hours
Drug Test Required
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