The Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai (BIRC-MS) conducts cutting-edge research, with a primary focus on addressing the challenges of living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). We have a strong legacy of evaluating the effectiveness of behavioral and other interventions designed to improve the cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning of people with brain injuries. Since 1987 the BIRC-MS has made seminal contributions to the state of the science with respect to long-term outcomes of TBI, as well as approaches to improving health and life quality after injury. Our work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For more information about our current studies, which include several clinical trials and projects on long-term outcomes after TBI and sports concussion, please visit www.tbicentral.org.
The Clinical Research Coordinator in the BIRC-MS is responsible for the coordination and implementation of one or more research projects and assists in the daily activities of the clinical research center. A successful candidate has excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills, a professional demeanor, is organized, motivated, able to work independently and collaboratively, and is detail-oriented. Preference will be given to individuals who will be available for 3 years. Also, can start part-time in April-May to train with the current and outgoing CRC. Opportunities for promotion and job growth exist for those who are interested in developing a career in clinical research.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
1. Independently obtain informed consent from participants who wish to enroll as brain tissue donors after sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury, and educate participants regarding study requirements.
2. Obtain informed consent for brain donation from next of kin related to both previously enrolled individuals and referrals from outside sources, and inform next of kin regarding time of death study procedures.
3. Input all study related information into research databases (e.g., Excel, RedCap, SPSS, etc.; training will be provided as needed).
4. Conducting both in-person and telephone study visits for participants which include: administering questionnaires and cognitive tests, conducting motor assessments, collecting past clinical history, collaborating with the Clinical Research Unit as well as the BioMedical Engineering and Imaging Institute (training will be provided as needed).
5. Conducting post-mortem health interviews with consented Next Of Kin to collect information about the decedents’ cognitive, behavioral and motor functioning, health history, and social function.
5. Maintain and update human subjects research records, IRB/GCO for submission and filings, and assist in preparing grant applications.
6. Maintain source documents and subject files in accordance with hospital procedures. Ensure accurate and complete compilation of subject data through chart reviews.
7. Aiding Neuropathology Brain Bank Staff with accession of study related information for each subject enrolled. Opportunities to participate in brain tissue preparation and dissection are available.
8. Assist in the activities related to clinical research studies including but not limited to: answering phone calls, screening participants for eligibility and registering subjects with sponsoring agency.