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Clinical Research Coordinator

Center for Study & Treatment of Castleman & Inflammatory Lymphadenopathies (CSTL), University of Pennsylvania

High-Level Overview

The Clinical Research Coordinator will work as part of an integrated, dynamic, and fast-moving team in the Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment & Laboratory (CSTL) that is focused on improving understanding and treatment of Castleman disease, a rare and deadly inflammatory disease. To achieve this goal, the CSTL is conducting an international patient registry / natural history study (ACCELERATE), expanding its sample biobank (Castlebank), and conducting a clinical trial (RAPID), and we are recruiting an individual who is interested in gaining exposure to the medical field through research project coordination. The Clinical Research Coordinator will be responsible for patient recruitment into ACCELERATE, Castlebank, and RAPID, tracking sample acquisition and managing sample logistics, coordinating data, maintaining and tracking large numbers of samples in multiple locations, and for use in multiple studies, and preparing IRB protocol modifications and submissions.

Responsibilities:

  • Tracking Castlebank sample acquisition and managing sample logistics, maintaining and tracking large numbers of samples in multiple locations and for use in multiple studies
  • Develop recruitment strategies. Track recruitment efforts into ACCELERATE, Castlebank, RAPID, and other protocols.
  • Preparing IRB protocol modifications and submissions.
  • Review multiple different types (clinical, laboratory, radiology, pathology, etc.) of patient medical records to confirm inclusion criteria for various studies
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

***This position is contingent upon funding***

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 2-3 years of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies or equivalent combination of education and experience is required
  • Strong computer skills and experience including database management, MS Excel, and PowerPoint required. Experience creating and modifying relational databases is a plus.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and disease processes, and familiarity with Castleman disease and/or oncology clinical information and research is desirable.
  • A high level of attention to detail, organizational skills, and commitment to accuracy is required. Interest in performing repetitive data entry. ​
  • Possess good data review methodologies that ensure accurate and precise data monitoring.
  • Comfort in an “iterative environment” in which periodic rework is inevitable.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong organizational and time management skills. Strong work ethic.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • ​Customer service or experience working with external stakeholders helpful.

Learn more about this opportunity here.

Research Administration Coordinator (Dept. of Translational Medicine & Human Genetics)

High-Level Overview

The Research Administration Coordinator will work as part of an integrated, dynamic, and fast-moving team in the Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment & Laboratory (CSTL) that is focused on improving understanding and treatment of Castleman disease, a rare and deadly inflammatory disease. To achieve this goal, the CSTL is conducting an international patient registry / natural history study (ACCELERATE), and we are recruiting an individual who is interested in gaining exposure to the medical field through research project coordination. The Research Administration Coordinator will be responsible for managing databases and data resources and reaching out to hundreds of institutions to acquire and process thousands of pages of patient medical records and hundreds of patient tissue samples for use in ACCELERATE and additional translational research studies.

Responsibilities:

  • Managing databases and data resources and reaching out to hundreds of institutions to acquire and process thousands of patient medical records and hundreds of patient tissue samples for use in ACCELERATE and additional translational research studies.
  • Facilitate the staining and scanning of lymph node tissue for use in ACCELERATE and various research projects.
  • Address ad hoc data queries by reviewing multiple different types of patient medical records and correcting queries within the study database.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

***This position is contingent upon funding***

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years of related clinical research coordination  experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required
  • Strong computer skills and experience including database management, MS Excel, and PowerPoint required. Experience creating and modifying relational databases is a plus.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and disease processes, and familiarity with Castleman disease and/or oncology clinical information and research is desirable.
  • A high level of attention to detail, organizational skills, and commitment to accuracy are required. Interest in performing repetitive data entry.
  • Possess good data review methodologies that ensure accurate and precise data monitoring.
  • Comfort in an “iterative environment” in which repetitive rework is inevitable.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong organizational and time management skills. Strong work ethic.

Learn more about this opportunity here.

Biomedical Leadership Fellow @ University of Pennsylvania

Sponsored by HealthX and the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN)

The CDCN is looking for an entrepreneurial medical student to take a year-out between MS3 and MS4 to serve as the 2020-2021 Biomedical Leadership Fellow (BLF)/”Chief of Staff” to help translate promising research into life-saving therapeutics. The Fellowship winner will work directly with Penn Med Assistant Professor and alum Dr. David Fajgenbaum on all aspects of their leadership, project management, and translational work. They will work with expert researchers and physicians, pharmaceutical companies, foundations like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Castleman disease patients, and volunteers who all share a common goal of better understanding and curing Castleman disease. The BLF will likely publish one or more papers that help to uncover insights into Castleman disease, immunology, and oncology as well as investigate ways to improve rare disease/biomedical research on a systems level. The skills gained from this fellowship are highly transferable to any career choice or field of specialty. Learn more and apply here.

  • Total stipend for one year: $32,000
  • Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply
  • Start date: Flexible—Start date anytime between January 2020-September 2020
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until September 2020; early applications strongly preferred
  • Learn more about the CDCN
  • Learn more about the Biomedical Leadership Fellowship
  • Apply here; please make sure to review the information here before applying

 

Volunteer Opportunities

The CDCN is comprised of physicians, researchers, patients, loved ones, and medical students. Our organization would not be successful without the hard work and dedication from so many people who volunteer their time to help us take down this disease. If you are passionate about Castleman disease and want to help us advance our life-saving research by joining our team, please fill out the survey.

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