Field Operations

Core Leader
Joanne M. McGloin, M.Div., M.S., M.B.A.
The specific goals of the Field Component of the Operations Core are:
  • to provide centralized recruitment enrollment, assessment and surveillance services to Yale OAIC studies, including a system to carefully monitoring recruitment and retention of minority elders in OAIC projects;
  • to provide assistance to junior faculty, with special attention to translational researchers, in the development of research protocols involving older adult human subjects and their implementation in the field;
  • to collaborate with the Data Management and Informatics Component of the Operations Core to ensure uniformity of methods and measurement when appropriate among OAIC studies and to protect the confidentiality of data;
  • to collaborate with the Biostatistics Core by identifying and addressing real world challenges that effect study design and sample estimation;
  • to train Field staff in uniform and reliable methods;
  • to create and advance, through development projects, innovative strategies to overcoming obstacles encountered in studies of multi-factorial geriatric health conditions;
  • to provide assistance to externally funded investigators who wish to increase the participation of older adult participants in their research studies;
  • to monitor adherence to guidelines and regulations governing involvement of human subjects in OAIC projects

The allocation of resources to this Component produces economies of scale and reduces duplication of effort among Yale Pepper Center studies. Access to a pool of well trained Clinical Nurse Researchers and Research Associates and Assistants facilitates efficient startup of studies, quality data collection, and protection of human subjects and their privacy.