RESEARCH STUDY ASSISTANT, School of Medicine, Anatomy & Neurobiology

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Boston University
Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
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The Neuropsychology Group - Framingham Heart Study is seeking a Research Assistant. This position is geared toward recent college graduates pursuing careers in Medical, Health, Biology, Psychology or Neuroscience (and related fields). Investigating Relationships between Traumatic Brain Injury, Contact Sports, Military Service, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias There are an estimated 1,700,000 new cases of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) admitted annually to an emergency department (ED) in the United States. The majority of these injuries are mild (mTBI; often referred to as concussions). A large body of evidence suggests that people experiencing a single or repetitive TBI may have an increased risk of late-life cognitive decline or neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer's disease and AD-related dementias. But the specific clinical features and neuropathological substrates of TBI-associated dementia, as well as the mechanisms underlying this apparent association, are less clear. This study capitalizes on both pre-existing, retrospectively ascertained data from the Framingham Heart Study Generation 2 cohort and prospective data collection on all Framingham Heart Study Generations to conduct a community-based study of the association of TBI and repetitive head impacts from contact sports and military service with clinical and neuropathological indices of AD and AD related-dementias, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Research Objectives This project involves a detailed and comprehensive retrospective search of participant medical records from the Generation 2 cohort of the Framingham Heart Study for evidence of head injury and prospective data collection from participants through online and over-the-phone surveys. All relevant episodes and symptoms will then be collected through REDCap, an online data capture tool, for the studys use. The depth of the information collected can then be used in conjunction with existing data to find possible links and risk factors. Position Description We are seeking recent college graduates with analytical skills, strong attention to detail, interpersonal skills, and data collection experience who are interested in gaining experience in the fields of public health, neurology and epidemiology. The main responsibility of this position is to review our offspring cohorts charts and medical records for evidence of TBI and to follow-up with participants concerning prospective TBI surveys. With this position, you will be exposed to medical terminology, public health methodology, participant contact, data collection, and research in a professional setting. This research assistant must be able to commute to the Framingham Heart Study, approximately 30 minutes (by car) and at least 1 hour (by train)

Ensure that good quality data is abstracted from medical charts, organized and entered in an accurate, confidential and comprehensible manner. Enter data from paper surveys into electronic database. Communicate with the team about problems incurred in data collection or data entry process in a timely manner and make recommendations for improvement. Ensure that the project is carried out according to design and meets project timelines. Update project documentation and build project reports. Calling participants to recruit them for surveys. Calling participants to follow-up on their survey status. Calling participants to complete surveys over the phone or to complete missing data Training undergraduate interns. Checking the work of undergraduate interns

Bachelor's degree preferred with less than 1 year of experience. Please include a resume and cover letter when applying.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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