SRH - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Neurorehabilitation Lab
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join the SRH Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. The mission of the SRH Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, directed by Dr. Joseph T. Giacino, is to advance the development of more precise methods of assessment, assess the performance of clinical outcome assessment measures and develop more effective approaches to treatment of persons with acquired brain injury. Research activities address the full spectrum of brain injury severity, but include a special focus on severe brain injury and disorders of consciousness.
The Neurorehabilitation Lab serves as the base of operations for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (SH-TBIMS)
, one of 16 centers in the U.S. funded by the National Institute on Independent Living, Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to conduct longitudinal follow-up of persons with moderate to severe TBI. The TBI Model Systems Program is the largest and longest-running longitudinal studies in the world with over 16,000 persons enrolled over the last 30 years. The SRH Neurorehabilitation Laboratory serves as the national Outcomes Core for the largest study of traumatic brain injury (TBI) funded to date by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI)” (https://tracktbi.ucsf.edu
). This 18-site investigation aims to identify TBI “phenotypes” by acquiring clinical, neuroimaging and biomarker data on 3000 persons with mild to severe TBI, and two comparison groups without brain injury. The approach to outcome assessment employed in TRACK-TBI was designed by our lab with the goal of ensuring that multiple outcome domains (e.g. physical, cognitive, psychological, social) are captured and tracked across all phases of recovery. We also co-lead the Outcomes Core for the TBI Endpoint Development (TED) Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (https://tbiendpoints.ucsf.edu
). TED represents an innovative partnership between federal agencies, academic institutions and industry that aims to identify and/or develop more precise clinical outcome assessment measures, neuroimaging tools, and biomarkers. A new collaboration between the TRACK-TBI/TED consortium and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) national laboratories will bring together scientists and engineers in order to analyze these large, complex datasets using next-generation artificial intelligence-based tool development for precision diagnostics and prognostic modeling.
The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will play a key role in TED and TBIMS research activities. The Fellow will work closely with clinical outcome assessment (COA) experts from collaborating TED centers throughout the U.S. to evaluate COA measures for use in TBI clinical trials and observational studies. This experience will provide access to the TED Metadataset, a large repository of fully-curated measures of cognition and psychological health, imaging data and blood-based biomarkers acquired from persons with mild to severe TBI. As a Co-Investigator on the SH-TBIMS team, the Fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team of neurointensivists, critical care specialists, physiatrists and allied health professionals to develop and test a new standardized assessment instrument designed for use in the intensive care setting to monitor recovery of consciousness in persons who sustain severe brain injury. Additional opportunities for brain injury research will include participation in a wide variety of multicenter “modular” studies with other TBIMS centers. The Fellow will be expected to participate in all phases of research from study design to manuscript preparation and dissemination of findings.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston is a 132-bed nonprofit accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility affiliated with Harvard Medical School (HMS), the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and Partners Health Care System (PHS), an integrated health care delivery system that includes Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). SRH is one of the largest rehabilitation facilities in the U.S. and is a leader in the greater Boston metropolitan area in providing comprehensive rehabilitation and complex medical management services. It is the only rehabilitation hospital in New England to maintain a ranking in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals survey since 1995 and is currently ranked #2. The brain injury program includes a specialized program for persons with disorders of consciousness who have not yet regained the ability to follow instructions or communicate reliably.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Study conceptualization and design
Recruitment, screening and consent activities
Medical record data extraction
Conducting study-specific interviews
Administration of neurobehavioral study exams
Completion of case report forms and on-line data entry
Prospective and retrospective data collection, analysis, interpretation and quality review
Manuscript preparation and professional presentations
Supervision of research assistants, externs and students
Attendance at internal and external Investigator, Scientific and Advisory Board meetings
Applicants should have a doctoral-level degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology (Neuropsychology/Clinical Psychology), or Medicine. Preference will be given to candidates with prior exposure to neurologic populations and training/experience in administering standardized neurobehavioral assessments. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills and be able to manage concurrent projects and deadlines. Job
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