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Clinical Research Coordinator III (Physiotherapist) - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #841373

Position: Physiotherapist- Fluoxetine to Open the Window of Recovery after Stroke (Flow) Trial (Clinical Research Coordinator III)
Site: KITE - Toronto Rehab Research Institute
Department: Brain and Spinal Cord Rehab Program
Reports to: Senior Scientist
Pay Range: $38.42 - $48.03 per hour
Status: Casual

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Physiotherapist in our Brain and Spinal Cord Rehab Program.

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The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

One of North America’s leading rehabilitation sciences centres, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is revolutionizing rehabilitation by helping people overcome the challenges of disabling injury, illness or age related health conditions to live active, healthier, more independent lives. Toronto Rehab is also a member of the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery with other leading rehabilitation research centres who along with Brain Canada is a key sponsor of the proposed research project.

Improving upper and lower extremity mobility is one of the top priorities identified by stroke survivors, caregivers and health professionals. After a stroke, two thirds of survivors will achieve independent but usually slow and inefficient ambulation. Fluoxetine has been shown in animal models to keep open the period of neuroplasticity that follows a stroke (which also coincides with recovery) and the rationale is that by pairing fluoxetine with exercise/rehab in humans that motor function will be significantly improved. This multi-year trial ( aims to recruit 176 stroke patients across multiple (5-10) sites in Canada. Half of the participants will be given fluoxetine (Prozac) while the other half will be given placebo. All participants will undergo a 12-week structured exercise program while they are on drug/placebo. All study participants will undergo evaluation at baseline, immediately following the exercise program, and 6 months post-intervention.

The Physiotherapist (Clinical Research Coordinator III) collaborates with the site research coordinators at 8 sites across Canada in the recruitment of study participants (e.g. identifies and screens potential subjects, obtains informed consent, conducts pre-testing and administers questionnaires or other data collection tools); plans, implements and coordinates all aspects of data collection and source documentation, as per UHN policy and ICH/GCP guidelines; identifies problems using assessment skills and reports any abnormalities to the health care team members; executes study-related administrative tasks, such as collection of regulatory documents, ethics submissions, etc.; conducts telephone and/or clinical recruitment interviews to collect data using established criteria; coordinates patient visits schedule as per study protocol; executes all aspects of study visit (e.g. assessment, adverse events, monitoring safety, medication, questionnaires, sample collection, including venipuncture, processing and shipment of samples according to clinical protocol); assesses study-related literature; and liaises with sponsor for monitoring/audits.

• Master’s Degree and 2 years related experience, or Bachelor’s degree with 5 years’ experience in research
• Experience with rehabilitation research is required; experience with pharma and/or Health Canada regulated trials is an asset
• Registration with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
• Membership in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association preferred
• Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice and the Health Canada Food and Drugs act - Division 5 required
• Experience coordinating an interdisciplinary health care team in a multi-site academic health care setting is an asset
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Demonstrated conflict resolution and creative problem-solving skills

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Closing Date: Until filled

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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