Investigators wishing to use the fNIRS system should have IRB-approval for fNIRS research, complete basic safety and equipment training (takes about 2 hours, scheduled on an as-needed basis for participating lab groups), and register their project using the form below.
In most cases, you will want to visit the Multimodal Neuroimaging Suite, housed in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences Laboratory (BBSL) to use the NIRS system. You can find the Suite in CMB 1.112. This facility provides access to simultaneous NIRS and EEG recording equipment, computers for presenting stimuli and analyzing data, and a well-controlled environment for setting up and performing your experiment. Researchers with active, ongoing experiments should consult the NIRS system calendar for availability and contact Benjamin Zinszer to make a reservation. New researchers must complete the systems training to be added to the calendar.
Studies that require data collection in a different location, outside of the BBSL, will require special reservations to temporarily move the NIRS equipment. When participants will be using specialized equipment (e.g., a treadmill) or when the experiment must be performed in another lab, the NIRS system can be packed for transportation. It is highly portable and well-suited to field work, but special procedures are required to insure that other ongoing projects are minimally disrupted while the system is off-site.
You can review the NIRS equipment inventory to determine what you may need for your study.
Please complete the sections titled “Location of equipment”, “Person in possession of item”, and “Association with the University of Texas” on the Off-Campus Inventory form, and bring a signed copy with you when picking up the NIRS system.
New Project Registration
All new projects must be registered with the Multimodal Neuroimaging Initiative through this brief online form [UTmail account required]. Information you’ll need in advance:
- Name & Lab or PI name
- Project title and a brief identifier (e.g., “BenTones1”)
- IRB approval for fNIRS research (document upload)
- NIH-style project narrative
- Funding sources or plans for funding applications (pilot projects)
- Equipment needed, location of use, and time requested
Benjamin Zinszer – firstname.lastname@example.org