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Contact fNIRS User Group with 2-page proposal of your study.
The 2-page proposal should include:
- An brief abstract detailing the study question, hypothesis, method and prediction.
- A brief introduction stating the nature of the question and any previous neuroimaging works.
- Hypotheses and Predictions:
i) Neuroanatomical predictions for human brain imaging studies. Please clearly state the brain regions of interest (ROIs). Your neuroanatomical predictions must be justified (cite at least 3 prior imaging studies), and you should aim to include only the regions that can be measured with fNIRS (within 3 cm distance of the surface).
ii) For non-brain/non-human studies, please specify predictions that are specific to your study.
- Detailed method. Please include details of your experimental design, stimuli, participant groups etc. We welcome Figures/Attachments with schematic representations of your design, as well as neuroanatomical hypotheses/probe configuration.
- Use 12-point, Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins.
- After submitting your proposal, you then have to present it at the fNIRS group meeting.
Start filling out an IRB protocol in order to get your fNIRS approved for your study
Once your IRB has been approved you should:
- Create New User Form
- Click on the link above to create a new user form.
- This email will be added to the email group, firstname.lastname@example.org, unless otherwise requested.
- Send the fNIRS lab manager, Ka Ip (email@example.com), a scanned copy of your consent form if you have problems uploading your consent form.
These 2 things must be done before any pilot subjects can be run.
*Also start the fNIRS training at this time.
If you are interested in using fNIRS, there are a few requirements you, or other people in your lab, must complete before running studies.
First, you should set up times to learn the system and have the fNIRS Tech send you manuals and other helpful resources. Many of these resources can be downloaded directly from the fNIRS website. You can use these to help you design your probes, stimuli, etc. To see when the fNIRS system is being used, you can view the calendar here: http://chgd.umich.edu/pediatric-multimodal-imaging/content/fnirs-calendar
Next, you will have to:
- Complete 5 Observation Hours
- Complete 5 Practice Hours
- Pass the test to become certified
To complete the observation hours, email the contact person from any of the studies on the list given to you by the fNIRS technician. Let the technician know ahead of time when you will be observing. The technician will keep track of your hours, but you should record them for yourself as well.
These practice hours will be for running your own study. You will not be able to use other studies for practice hours.
The test will consist of two parts:
- Know how to be able to do all the items on the Checklist
- Run a session on your own while being observed by the fNIRS tech.
If you pass the test, you are now a Certified User**.
**Students must attend a workshop to become a Certified User.
Add own slot time to the fNIRS calendar. The title of the event should your study nickname. In the details, include the purpose of the session (i.e. practice, testing session-include if participant has already been scheduled, etc).
Once you've added a time slot, also email the fNIRS Lab Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: fNIRS Slot Request) with the date/time requested.
You will then receive a confirmation email.
On the day of the session, the study team should:
- Scan the FILLED OUT/SIGNED consent form (first/last page) in the copy room and put the electronic copy in the folder located in the fNIRS room
- Transfer your data into your own folder in the fNIRS server.
- Fill out the fNIRS Lab Logbook online :
- Subject ID
- The study nickname
- People present (from the study team)
- Start/finish time
- Date file name(s)
- Once you're all done with the session, make sure to take ALL OF YOUR BELONGINGS WITH YOU. This includes:
- Personal belongings
- Testing stimuli
- Camera memory cards
- Any other things you brought into the room
- All trash should be thrown away
- Make sure the door is locked once you leave and that the red light on the outside of the door is turned off.
We encourage all perspective fNIRS users to attend our regular fNIRS bi-weekly meetings, which take place Fridays 10-11:30am at CHGD commons. If you have any questions or would like to receive more information, please contact us at email@example.com.