The Clinical Evaluation Center (CEC) is a core institutional resource which supports a wide range of scientific research and is available to all NKI scientists. The CEC is committed to advancing treatment and understanding of brain-based disorders including clinical trials and studies of neurobiology in schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, tic disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and autism spectrum disorders. In parallel, the CEC team has advanced understanding of typical development through over a decade of efforts in a large community-collaborative initiative, the NKI-Rockland Sample. Data from over 1,500 NKI-Rockland Sample research participants are accessed by hundreds of scientific investigators, teams, and labs around the world.
Our research program often collaborates with investigators for implementation and advisement of clinical research studies. Team proficiencies include refined symptom characterization and diagnostic assessment, medical evaluation and monitoring, and consultation on study pragmatics. Our team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, scientists, clinical evaluators, and data scientists. Staff have demonstrated proficiency in research diagnostic assessment. Staff maintain certification in administration of all protocol assessments including KSADS, SCID, MINI and ADOS. Staff are proficient in medical nursing procedures including medical monitoring, phlebotomy, and electrocardiography. Medical staff are certified in Basic Life Support and Advance Cardiac Life Support. Our space includes seven clinical interview rooms, a medical examination suite, group waiting area with television and WiFi, eating area, private bathrooms, temperature monitored medication storage, cardiovascular fitness testing suite, standard refrigerated storage, and -80 degree Celsius freezer.
To facilitate rapid study startup and participant enrollment, the CEC maintains strong effort in clinically- targeted participant recruitment through the Volunteer Recruitment Pool (VRP), with a current active census of over 2,500 participants. The VRP is a core, shared institutional resource, available to all NKI investigators with an IRB approved protocol. Investigators can submit their protocol through the MyNKI website to the VRP staff and obtain participants that pre-match their basic study inclusion/exclusion criteria. The VRP maximizes research efficiency through consolidation of recruitment efforts between lab groups, provides a single point of reference for individuals engaged in research participation, and expands research opportunities for those who are interested in participating.