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Pitt Men’s Study is hiring a Clinical Research Coordinator

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a qualified, full-time Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Pitt Men’s Study. The Pitt Men’s Study is part of the national MACS WIHS Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS), a longstanding NIH-funded research study on the natural history of HIV/AIDS among gay and bisexual men. Under the guidance and supervision of faculty Principal Investigators and the Project Director, the coordinator will perform clinical and administrative functions in support of the implementation of protocols. This requires strong attention to detail to manage study participants, the ability to conduct patient visits according to protocol specifications, collection of clinical data, medical record review, completion of source documentation and clinical research forms, and reporting of adverse events. They will interact closely with the clinical research team and study participants, monitor clinical and lab data, and participate in the development and evaluation of unit policies and procedures. The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills. Some conference travel and other professional development opportunities are encouraged as part of this position.

a woman's hands working at a computerDegree in Nursing or licensure in PA preferred. Working knowledge of medications, medical terminology, federal, state and University grant regulations. The incumbent must have excellent written/verbal communication skills and organization skills. The incumbent must be able to establish excellent rapport with people to facilitate recruitment and conduct of research. Preferred training in clinical skills such as phlebotomy, taking of participant’s vital information; however, will provide training to qualified candidates.

The minimum education level required is a Baccalaureate. Three to five years experience is also required. The position is full-time, weekdays from 8:30am to 5pm. To apply online you can go to the University of Pittsburgh Job search page.

 

Unsung heroes: Pittsburgh men, decades-long study impact HIV/AIDS research

From the Triblive.com

As they have for more than three decades, the Pitt Men’s Study leaders gathered with about four dozen men and women. They remembered those who have died and gave thanks for the 1,743 men who have participated in the nation’s longest-running HIV/AIDS research project.

Charles Rinaldo, a Ph.D. scientist who has led the effort since the virus surfaced here in 1981, walked solemnly down the center aisle with a group of clergy.

“So here we are again to honor our participants,” the soft-spoken Rinaldo said, welcoming the sparse group. “For 35 years now, you have supported our study for HIV/AIDS. … We can’t thank you enough. Without you, there is no study.”

Every six months, year after year, participants have trekked to Oakland to offer blood and bodily fluids. Their alms have become the foundation of hundreds of research projects.

The Pitt study, conducted in the halls of the university where Jonas Salk developed the world’s first polio vaccine, began before the affliction that has killed an estimated 32 million people worldwide even had a name: human immunodeficiency virus. Or simply, HIV.
Neither the virus nor its final, deadly stage — acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS — dominates the news and national fears as they did decades ago. Yet around the world, about 38 million people remain infected. Many are living longer lives thanks to lifesaving, though expensive, medical treatments. But there is no cure — yet.
Worldwide, an estimated 1.7 million people became infected with HIV last year. Another 770,000 died from AIDS-related illnesses.

In the United States, just more than 1 million people are believed to be living with HIV. Although the number of new infections has declined dramatically, nearly 40,000 in the U.S. still contract HIV every year. And about 16,000 people died from AIDS in the United States in 2016.

Because of that, work on the Pitt Men’s Study continues.

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