Grant: $151,636 - National Institutes of Health - Aug. 13, 2009
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Award Description: This request for administrative supplement facilitates effort on our currently funded project, â??The adaptability of cortex in learning modified control algorithms for neuroprosthetics.â?? Three measures increase the tempo of research without impacting the scope of the research: The addition of a full-time animal care technician to manage the day-to-day care and handling of the research animals. [ Additional training for that technician in primate handling, anesthesia, and medical care of primates. Upgrading of our recording system to enable simultaneous recordings of up to 96 channels of single unit and/or local field potential data. *] * The final funding included money only for the technician's salary, and not for additional training or for the equipment upgrades.
Project Description: The first of these measures frees the academic staff to focus their time on data acquisition, brings job creation at ASU, and provides a stable position for a candidate who is uniquely suited to manage primates. The individual selected for this position, Rachele Valente, was previously employed with the Department of Animal Care Technologies (DACT) program at Arizona State University, and we contracted with that program for approximately 20 hours/week of her time. Our prior arrangement was helpful, but it needed to be improved in two ways. First, the twenty hours per week still left our research staff (students and postdoc) spending several hours per day in routine handling and training of the animals. This reduced productivity in their main effort: the acquisition of data. This arrangement is also inoptimal for the animal care program: they needed the time devoted to Ms. Valenteâ??s position, but cannot hire into that position while she is their employee. Thus, the supplement provides a full-time position at a higher pay scale for Ms. Valente, and also frees the animal care program to hire another individual into her current position.
Jobs Summary: Full-time animal care technician to manage the day-to-day care and handling of the research animals. This individual will also act as an aid to regulatory oversight as well as management of laboratory resources. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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