Clinical Research – Neurotrauma

Mentor Name:
Douglas Gibula

Mentor Position:
Research Manager

Department:
Neurosurgery

College:
Medicine

Email:
u0545758@utah.edu


Project Description:

The treatment of neurotrauma represents an unmet public health need. The understanding of pathophysiology and treatment of neurotrauma is advancing but clinical trial data are lacking. Through Federal and industry-supported research projects, we are studying human research participants and data include radiography, blood specimens, surgical details, neurocognitive assessments, and clinical outcome scores. The end data will be published and disseminated by local and national neurotrauma scientists.


Opportunity Type:

Volunteer


Student Role:

Collection and transmittal of medical data and biospecimens, performing clinical study visits, administration of neurocognitive assessments, informed consent process, venipuncture, centrifugation, and institutional review board applications.


Student Benefits:

Increasing understanding of study design and the scientific method, good clinical practice, developing bedside manner, and learning more about the pathophysiology of neurotrauma.


Project Duration:

> 12 months; 10-19 hours per week. The team enrolls participants 24/7 so shift hours can include weekends and weekdays, outside of normal office hours.


Minimum Requirements:

Knowledge of medical terminology, experience in lab and clinical settings, and interests in neuroscience and medicine. Clinical research compliance training upon hire.