Rules and Procedure for Requesting Use of

Resources of the

Center for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Development

Click here to download the CAMRD Project Application Form.

Click here to download the CAMRD Project Renewal Form.

1. Proposals for research time on the MR scanners in the Department of Radiology must undergo scientific, technical and administrative review by the Center for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Development (CAMRD) Scientific Review Committee. The committee consists of representatives from several different specialties within Radiology and meets on the second Monday of each month. The proposal must be submitted to the Committee by the last day of the preceding month. This will give the Committee, including a primary reviewer, a few days to review the proposal. The Committee prefers that proposals are submitted electronically to "camrd-admins@dm.duke.edu" as an email attachment. The form for the application can be obtained by clicking on the link at the top of the page. The PI will be informed of the Committee's decision by e­mail no later than the Friday after the meeting.

2. Note that the project cannot be started until the PI has worked out a detailed MR protocol  that describes all of the MR imaging parameters to be used. This is to ensure technical feasibility of the MR pulse sequences and proper technologist training. It is advisable to review the technical details with the CAMRD Directors before submitting the proposal to the Committee.

3. Once the proposal has been reviewed and accepted by the Committee and has IRB approval, scheduling of research time on the MR scanners can be done by calling or emailing CAMRD. The CAMRD calendar shows what time is already scheduled and thus what times are available.  The PI does not need to have IRB (or IACUC) approval to submit the proposal to the CAMRD Scientific Review Committee but IRB (or IACUC) approval is required to begin the study. In the case of animal studies, it is useful to discuss animal handling issues with  the CAMRD Directors , including particular species related procedures.

4. If the project is funded through a grant, the grant application must be attached for review. Regardless, the project abstract and other information requested on this form must be completed. The grant abstract can be "cut and pasted" to the abstract section above, as long as the other information requested is added (i.e., overall goal, significance of research, type of study (pilot, NIH, industry sponsored), MRI pulse sequences to be used, total time expected for each MR session, number of sessions per week and number of subjects per year. Also include any special requirements including scheduling, equipment, archiving or data transfer).

5. While it will be possible to conduct some pilot studies in CAMRD, the Scientific Review Committee expects that most of the studies will have funding to support scanner usage. The total charge per scan session can vary depending on the time and support needed. Current charge levels and/or budgetary charge levels for grants under preparation and charges for other support capabilities of CAMRD can be obtained from the Radiology Research webpages or by calling or emailing CAMRD. Funding availability does not impact scientific review, but will be taken under consideration from an administrative standpoint due to limited CAMRD resources.

6. Projects are typically approved for one year and can be renewed by submitting a progress report and renewal application to the CAMRD Scientific Review Committee. The resubmission must also include evidence of IRB renewal. If no renewal application is received by the Committee, it will be assumed that the project has been completed or cancelled.