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Regenstrief Institute Research Assistant II - IU Center for Aging Research in Indianapolis, Indiana

Description

Regenstrief Institute, Inc. is seeking a Research Assistant II to join our creative, intellectually stimulating, open work environment in the Indiana University Center for Aging Research (IUCAR). IUCAR develops, tests, and implements innovative strategies to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare and self-care for medically and socially vulnerable older adults. We seek to become the nation’s leading academic research center focusing on the health and well-being of older adults.

Although this opening is aimed at a candidate for a Research Assistant II position, candidates with additional experience may be considered for alternative roles (i.e. Research Specialist).

Current Projects:

UPLIFT-AD/APPROACHES -- this position split time between two studies. UPLIFT-AD is an evidence-informed intervention that provides both internal capacity-building strategies for nursing homes, as well as external specialty palliative care support, to impact the overall quality of care for residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). APPROACHES is a Nursing Home Pragmatic Clinical Trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. The over-riding objective is to conduct a pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial to improve advance care planning and goal-directed outcomes in nursing home patients with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia.

R2D2/Brain Safe -- This role splits time between two studies. R2D2 is an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a deprescribing intervention on important cognitive and safety outcomes. This project seeks to improve long-term cognition by reducing exposure to anticholinergics. Brain Safe tests the efficacy of a consumer intervention, the digital Brain Safe mobile app, a low- cost, scalable mobile application designed by our interdisciplinary team of experts on medication safety, aging, and user-centered design of technology for older adults.

As exact responsibilities can vary dependent on the study, the list below details the most common job responsibilities typically seen in our research studies:

  • Successfully completes all training for precise delivery of study subject assessments (including but not limited to: neuropsychological battery, mini mental status exam, geriatric depression scale, physical assessments)

  • Travels to subject’s homes, clinics or in the community to perform interviews and complete assessments.

  • Reviews paper or electronic medical records to determine eligibility of patient for study.

  • Works with clinic staff to determine optimal time for approaching subjects.

  • Assists Research Coordinator in developing advertising and other recruitment tools.

  • Recruits patients marketing the benefits of the study, obtaining informed consent, completing all necessary documentation, and conducting final screening.

  • Provides education to patient regarding trial participation including information regarding incentives.

  • Documents subject feedback, critically assesses, and presents potential solutions to study team.

  • Arranges transportation and parking for subjects.

  • Completes electronic entry of study data in a timely and accurate manner and participates in quality audits.

  • Securely maintains study files in an organized manner and assists new staff in doing the same.

  • Ensures availability of supplies and equipment and initiates purchases as necessary to meet the needs of the study

  • Participates and provides input to study quality improvement and progress meetings to continuously improve study processes, efficiency, security and compliance.

  • Transports bio-specimen samples to laboratory storage facilities and maintains accompanying documentation.

    Requirements:

  • High school diploma and one year of research/healthcare setting experience OR Bachelor's plus some healthcare setting experience.

  • Must have flexible schedule and be open to working a few weekend days per month.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation at night and on weekends, dependent upon assigned study.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology is a must.

  • Some studies may require work on Saturdays during recruitment phase.

  • Ability to inform study leadership about study progress and suggest solutions to problems.

  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology.

  • Experience in medical setting /health-related research following protocols and citing literature preferred.

  • Ability to interact and verbally communicate with a variety of employees, hospital staff, and hospital patients and study leadership.

Qualifications

Education

Required

  • High School or better

Preferred

  • Bachelors or better

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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