Welcome to the Neuroimaging Research for Veterans Center! We appreciate your interest in starting a new study with us. Below are the Methods and Materials required to begin conducting neuroimaging research with the NeRVe. In order to start scanning with the NeRVe, we required each New Principal to:
Please contact the NeRVe Center Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Each new Principal Investigator is asked to present his or her new study to the NeRVe Principal Investigators. This is an informal presentation that allows the NeRVe to help answer any questions the investigators may have about methods. As our mission is to nurture collaboration and interdisciplinary methods in neuroscience, this forum allows us to build an idea of the goals of your new study while we determine how we can best be of service to you. Please contact any of the NeRVe Principal Investigators with any study specific questions to help you prepare your proposal in your application and for your presentation.
Pilot scans available for acquiring preliminary data to support grant submissions using the scanner here at the VA in Jamaica Plain. To apply for a Pilot Study with the NeRVe Center, complete the NeRVe Study Application and identify what grant the Pilot data is being collected for in support of gaining the award. Once the application is submitted, the NeRVe Principal Investigators will review the Pilot application and protocol to grant approval to 10 free 90-minute scanning slots. If approved, the Principal Investigator of the Pilot Study will be asked to present his or her study to the NeRVe Principal Investigators, where NeRVe will help answer any questions the investigators may have about methods.
Due to COVID-19, the Research Re-Opening Committee will have to approve of the Pilot before scanning can begin to happen. Once the NeRVe PIs have approved the study and given guidance on the scientific approaches, the request to start scanning will go to the Re-Opening Committee for approval.
The Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System requires a number of formal documents and training to become Credentialed and a Without Compensation (WOC) Employee.
Please contact our Administrative Officer, Gino Jackson, at email@example.com to receive the documentation required and the links for VA Training Modules.
Each new Principal Investigator is required to submit the protocol of his or her study to the IRB within the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. The NeRVe Staff will help you include the appropriate language required by the IRB in your protocol to conduct human studies within our MRI Suite and Imaging Center. Templates for individual sections will be posted on this page as they are drafted and edited.
A Service Impact Form needs to be completed for submission to the IRB. Please contact our Administrative Officer, Gino Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org for this form.
For your manuscripts, conference presentations (talks and posters), invited lectures, etc., please cite the NeRVe in the acknowledgements section: "This material is the result of work supported with resources and the use of facilities at the Neuroimaging Research for Veterans Center, VA Boston Healthcare System."
Each new Principal Investigator is required to acquire appropriate funding for his or her new study. NeRVe Center staff will help you include the appropriate language in your funding applications for your new NeRVe Study.
Ten Pilot Scans are available to acquire initial data to assist in proposing a new study.
Note: Pilot scans are available primarily for acquiring preliminary data for grant submissions to use the scanner here at the VA in Jamaica Plain.
Once the project is funded, billing will be set up by our Administrative Officer, Gino Jackson at email@example.com, and you will be granted a 3-letter Scanning Code for scheduling your scans.
Please review the methods in the relevant publications by NeRVe PIs for descriptions of data processing and analysis methods to be used in your research proposal.
Every New NeRVe Study requires a 3-Letter Scanning Code. Once you have set up billing with our Administrative Officer, Gino Jackson, you will be given that 3-Letter Scanning Code. Once you receive the Scanning Code, you will be granted access to our Scanning Calendar so that you may schedule your scans and you will begin to receive updates concerning the availability and use of our scanner.
Every New Imaging User that intends on entering the MRI Suite must become NeRVe MRI Safe. This consists of a TMS training (Level 1 MRI Safety Training, VA 9696); please send your completion certificate to one of our biomedical engineers.
Every New Imaging User needs to have the protocol of their sequences configured on the MRI Console Computer. Please contact one of our biomedical engineers to configure your study's imaging protocol.
Every New Imaging User needs to be trained to use and maintain the equipment pertinent to each individual study. Please contact one of our biomedical engineers to schedule training for NeRVe Equipment.
Every New Imaging User that intends on storing and analyzing his or her neuroimaging data in the NeRVe Imaging Center will need access to our Imaging Network, VA_Imaging. We will need a completed PI Permissions form along with the IRB action listing you as a Research Personnel under your study's 4-digit IRB Code. Please contact one of our biomedical engineers to set up an account on our network for you.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.