The Clinical Research Assistant will work with the researchers at the Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience in neurogastroenterology including irritable bowel syndrome and coordinate, prepare, compile and review study materials, successfully recruit and interview potential research subjects, order, maintain, organize and prepare research supplies. Assist in the preparation of Institutional Review Board, study budgets, contracts, and financial documents for the various studies.
In this role, you will perform study coordinator assessment and symptom management of patients enrolled in studies. Review research data and enter into databases; track subject visits and report progress. Recruit and enroll study participants into clinical research studies through ads and Care Connect. Schedule and participate in the screening of study participants, provide lab and research support and coordination of clinical research studies which include gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures and tissue collection, hormone challenge studies, blood and salivary samples, treatment trials, bioimpedence testing and neuroimaging. Assist in the operation of the autonomic recording device during research studies. Assist in biopsy collection during colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. Manage the collection and storage of blood and tissue specimens. Conduct MRI testing under multiple modalities, cognitive and pain tasks. Ensure that protocols are followed and all aspects have been completed accurately, safely, and in a timely manner. Disseminate protocol information to health care professionals and the public.
Act as a liaison with Center staff, subjects, and families for research coordination and participation recruitment, screening, scheduling and correspondence; administration of questionnaires and study procedures. Act also as a liaison between physicians, nurses, lab technicians, patients, and other study personnel. Perform literature reviews. Coordinate the initiation of Investigator-initiated clinical trials. Supervise clerks and volunteers.
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
• Skill in reading and understanding complex, comprehensive research protocols.
• Communication and interpersonal skills to deal with a multi-disciplinary team and ancillary departments, skill in working as part of a team.
• Ability to function independently when needed.
• Ability to identify, anticipate and resolve complex problems
• Ability to establish priorities and adjust them according to the frequently changing needs.
• Skill in organizing and maintaining up to date, accurate records.
• Ability to complete necessary paperwork and computer data entry with proper attention to detail and accuracy.
• Ability to use judgement when dealing with confidential or sensitive information
• Knowledge regarding Gastrointestinal and related disorders, and specifically irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), GERD, dyspepsia, Chronic or Functional Constipation.
• Skill in explaining complex protocols to study subjects in a way that can be easily understood by the patients and their family members.
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