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SUMMARY STATEMENT: This position is for a part-time (40%, 16 hours/week) Project Coordinator to join the "Biological Anthropology of Motherhood Lab" at UCLA. We study biology, health and well-being of women as mothers and grandmothers. We seek someone to conduct recruitment, scheduling, and clinical research procedures in a study with Alzheimer's patients and their families.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We are conducting a study with women who have Alzheimer's and healthy geriatric participants. This is a cross-sectional study that involves a one-time session with the participant and her "informant" (e.g. spouse or adult child). The purpose of this study is to better understand how women's life-histories and inflammation affect processes involved in Alzheimer's disease. The project will occur at the Pacific Brain Health Center (PBHC) in Santa Monica, CA.
Specific duties include but are not limited to:
1. Recruitment and scheduling: Potential participants will be identified by collaborating neurologist, and she will contact the Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator will then meet with the potential participant, explain study procedures, and obtain informed consent from the participant and/or her authorized representative. Then the Project Coordinator will schedule the study session before or after the participant's upcoming appointment at PBHC.
2. Study procedures: The Project Coordinator will conduct most of the study procedures, with the help of a Research Assistant. These involve an interview with the main participant, a separate interview with her "informant" (e.g. spouse or adult child), administering a smell identification test, and taking a saliva sample and gum swab from the participant. Then, the Project Coordinator or Research Assistant will escort the participant to have her blood drawn.
3. UCLA lab: Each day there are study sessions, the Project Coordinator will transport all biological specimen and research materials to/from the Biological Anthropology of Motherhood Lab on UCLA main campus in Westwood. Research Assistants will process the specimens, unless the Project Coordinator would like this experience, s/he is welcome to do this too.
4. Study logs: Design and maintain study logs keeping track of declinations, participant contact information, consent, session scheduling, cash payments, adverse events, etc.
Cash requests from Department for participant payments
Submit purchasing requests for lab supplies
Liaising between PBHC, phlebotomists, UCLA administration / support departments
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.
At least one year of experience in a clinical, research, or volunteer setting with vulnerable human populations, strong preference for experience with either neurology or geriatric populations.
Able to drive yourself between clinical site in Santa Monica and UCLA campus in Westwood
Warm, confident demeanor when interacting with geriatric participants.
Ability to speak loudly and clearly with geriatric participants.
Bachelor's degree or higher
Proficiency in Microsoft Office
High level of ethical standards and honesty
Ability to manage time effectively, and make sound judgments and decisions
Ability to take the lead on projects and tasks, and get things done without instruction on each step
Detail oriented, highly organized
More than one year of experience in a clinical, research, or volunteer setting with vulnerable human populations.
Experience with geriatric populations.
Experience with neurology patients or Alzheimer's patients.
Experience as a research coordinator.
Experience maintaining IRBs
Knowledge of UCLA campus purchasing system
Knowledge of relevant UCLA Office of Environment, Health, and Safety guidelines
Interest and proficiency in learning new skills