Clinical Research Resource Core (CR-RC1)
The Clinical Research Core (CR–RC1) functions as the primary OAIC source for subject recruitment, tracking and retention activities. It supports studies related to 1) biological mechanisms underlying muscle loss and re-growth; and 2) physical function and disability in both healthy community-dwelling older adults and those admitted to our Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit.
- Recruit, track and retain older adults for external projects, developmental studies and pilot studies. Older adults included in Core activities range from healthy older adults living in the community to those hospitalized with an acute illness.
- Provide uniform and standardized health screenings, physical exams and functional status and disability assessments for investigators of external projects, developmental studies and pilot studies. As examples, trained staff from our Core will perform phlebotomies, DEXA scans, muscle biopsies, and subjective and objective assessments of physical function and disability status.
- Maintain a health outcomes database on older patients admitted to our ACE unit. Recruitment coordinators from our Core will maintain a password protected web-based database on older patients admitted to our ACE unit, and made available to OAIC investigators.
- Coordinate training in recruitment and retention, and functional assessments, and ensure compliance regarding the regulations governing clinical investigations involving human subjects.