Description of Duties
The Pathology Clinical Research Assistant: processes requests for material from the tissue archive for research purposes for clinical trials and expedited protocols; assumes responsibility for the intake and removal of tissue material from the tissue archive; performs data entry and modification of information in the tissue archive database; performs data queries from the tissue archive database; prepares completed projects for shipment to the requestor; works with Tissue Procurement and can handle frozen tissue using liquid nitrogen or dry ice for various requests; handles slides for TMA construction; follows up on material released from the bank; keeps track of billable services related to clinical trials and expedited protocols; works with CRS nurses and PRN staff to ensure requests are completed in a timely manner; works with outside organizations to ensure that the material requested is received in a timely manner; coordinates shipment of clinical trial material to and from Roswell Park; Receives and documents requests from Clinical Research Services and outside requesting agencies for the use of material stored in the tissue archive; Files and removes material from the tissue archive's physical inventory; maintains the integrity of the physical/electronic inventory for retrieval and chain of custody control of stored material; Utilizes the pathology and tissue archive information systems and LIMS to generate work requests, packing lists, and project summaries; Enters additional annotative information into the tissue archive information system and clinical trial database (e.g. from EHR); Coordinates data extraction for research purposes from various organizational repositories and medical record; monitors data entered for completeness and accuracy. Prepares routine reports on clinical trial/expedited protocol tissue archive utilization for invoicing and statistical purposes; Maintains records and files of work completed; utilizes photocopy and office equipment to support the operational and administrative activities of the department; Responds to inquiries regarding clinical trial/expedited protocol tissue archive requests; Handles laboratory specimens utilizing appropriate blood/body fluid precautions; Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance programs, safety and compliance standards; Enhances professional growth and development by participating in educational programs, reading current literature and participating in in-service meetings and workshops; Prepares other written documentation as required by the profession and the department; maintains, distributes, analyzes and projects information for required records, reports and statistics as directed.
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