Research Assistant II Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Responsible for coordinating and experimental execution of ex vivo human lung research inclusive of surgical preparation, sample collection, set-up, and post experiment tissue collection and break-down, interacting with personnel from VUMC and DCI to assure all regulations are followed in accordance with federal guidelines, Vanderbilt Policy and Procedure, and research protocols. Recruitment of blood donors and ensuring that consent documents are signed and dated and blood drawn in accordance with IRB guidelines and protocol. Managing experimental procedures, randomization, and files necessary to complete each study, including database tracking of each experiment, demographic information on lung donors, fees pertaining to lung procurement and blood donation. Maintain accurate and timely documentation and communication with investigator, Participants, IRB, lung team members, and other research related entities. Working with research nurses to process fluid samples from a variety of clinical studies
Plans and executes ex vivo lung perfusion experiments including performing necessary dissections, administering proper treatments, recording, and analyzing results
Trains, then performs blood collections for all experimental procedures, including consenting blood donors and filing invoices for payment.
Becomes proficient at obtaining all experiment samples such as pre and post fluid and tissue collection. Inclusive of clinical trial sample processing on fluids from a variety of patients obtained by our research nurses.
Understanding and capability to accurately and competently perform the procedures required of each study protocol, such as software usage and database management.
Knowledge and understanding of policies, procedures, and regulations governing these projects and ensuing that all approvals have been made for the implementation and conduct of this research.
Knowledge of regulation governing the conduct of research, inclusive of FDA, OHRP, GCP/ICH. And HIPPAA when applicable
Understanding and capability to accurately and compliantly perform the procedures required of each study protocol, working collaboratively with other staff and departments, in safely and accurately performing study procedures such as assessing donor lung eligibility and recruitment, arranging necessary schedules and procedures, completing required documentation, conducting laboratory and diagnostic studies, etc. Ability to identify and troubleshoot problems
Proficiently prepares and processes new IRB research proposals, amendments, continuing review applications in accordance with institutional and departmental policies and procedures and federal regulations
Identifies, procures, and maintains equipment and supplies needed to fulfill project requirements (locally and across multiple sites, if required)
Accurately and compliantly maintains necessary documents and forms, such as experimental data, invoices, and consents
Participates in the determination of eligible candidates for study participation, assuring participants fulfill eligibility requirements.
Assures research information is collected and stored in a manner that is compliant with regulations/policies and good clinical practice.
Performs packaging and ships study specimens (blood, urine, etc.) to the sponsor or laboratory in accordance with sponsor and shipping guidelines and regulations, maintaining appropriate documentation
Utilizes or acquires knowledge of disease processes studied by the research group and actively seeks new learning opportunities, seeing learning as part of work
Engages in open communication with study organizers by providing them with contact information and being available to answer, address or refer their calls
Participates in and maintains certifications and training as required by Vanderbilt
Participates in meeting and activities related to research, including a weekly lab meeting and small group research meetings
Furthers knowledge by completing more advanced job-related educations (such as Research Support Services Boot Camp Follow-up). Actively seeks new learning opportunities, seeing learning as a part of work. Develops and achieves personal and professional goals
Department Summary: The Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care is directed by Dr. Timothy Blackwell and its mission is to:
deliver world-class clinical care to patients with allergic diseases, pulmonary conditions, and critical illness through employing a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach with a wide range of clinical programs.
lead in the development of cutting-edge, patient-focused research that extends from basic discoveries to clinical implementation.
provide state-of-the-art education and training including a strong fellowship program to inspire and nurture the next generation of leaders in allergy and immunology, pulmonary medicine, and critical care.
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