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Research with Human Participants

University policy requires that all research that involves human participants, regardless of the source of financial support, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before it can be initiated. Guiding this review process by the IRB is the application of federal and state laws and various ethical principles, particularly those articulated in the Belmont Report: (1) Respect for Persons, (2) Beneficence, and (3) Justice.

Cornell policy requires that anyone engaging in activities covered by its Human Research Protection Program—that is, anyone conducting or helping with research involving human participants—must have appropriate training to assure that the rights, welfare, and safety of human participants involved are protected.

All personnel named on a protocol subject to IRB review must complete the required training before the protocol can be approved. The training must be renewed at a minimum of every 5 years.

Cornell utilizes the training program delivered by CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative).

Please refer to the CMRIF Human Studies Process Outlines


Standard Peripheral Devices previously approved for use in the CMRIF with human participants:

  • Scanner built-in pulse oximeter and pneumatic respiratory belt
  • MR-safe Nordic NeuroLab 32-in LCD monitor
  • MR-safe MR CONFON headphones and Sensimetrics insert earphones
  • MR-safe Micro-Optics microphone
  • MR-safe BIOPAC Galvanic skin response recording
  • MR-safe Current Designs subject response devices and interface
  • MR-safe SR Research EyeLink 1000 Plus eye tracking system
  • MR-safe EGI Geodesic EEG system
  • MR-safe olfactometry equipment
  • MR-safe gustometry equipment
  • MR-safe pressure pain equipment
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