Horowitz, Todd (NIH/NCI) [E] todd.horowitz at nih.gov
Wed Jun 7 09:46:37 -05 2017

At the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
Investigators conducting research on medical image perception know that it can be difficult to attract radiologists or other experts to participate as experimental observers. Last year, with RSNA support the NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded the Perception Lab in the Learning Center of the RSNA annual meeting in Chicago. Nine labs tested over 170 radiologists. We are happy to announce Year 2 of the Perception Lab will run from
Nov. 26 to Dec 1 at RSNA in the McCormack Center in Chicago.
At the Perception Lab, you can test radiologists and others on relatively brief experiments (~30 minutes maximum). The annual RSNA meeting provides an unparalleled pool of potential participants: attendance is upwards of 50,000, including ~25,000 professionals in some aspect of radiology. We are inviting applications for investigators to participate in this venture.
Facilities: There will be six small, darkened testing areas. Each will be equipped with a desk, two chairs, two 47-inch monitors (Samsung LN-T4665F, color with VGA and HDMI, 1920 x 1080 pixels), power, and internet access. There will be a registration/waiting area. RSNA will provide some help in recruiting observers and with general publicity. In addition, registration fees for the meeting will be waived for participating researchers. Individual researchers will need to provide any equipment other than the monitors described above (e.g., medical grade monitors, computers, eye-trackers). You will also need to provide personnel to carry out the experiment. Finally, investigators will be responsible for providing any incentives for their participants, if applicable (e.g., entering them in a lottery to win an iPad). Questions?
Application: To apply for time and space:
1)   Provide contact information for the PI and for any researcher(s) who you plan to send to the meeting. Include their position (postdoc, research assistant, etc.) office address, cell phone contact, and email.
2)   Please provide 1-2 pages of prose (exclusive of figures and references) including:
                a)    Abstract briefly describing the project.
                b)   Significance statement describing why this is worth doing.
                c)    Brief Background and Methods.
                d)   Statement of your requirements: We will allocate time in six, two-hour slots from 9-5 each day of the meeting.
i)     How many participants do you hope to test?
ii)    How much time do you need with each participant? Keep in mind that your observers will probably be willing to give you no more than 30 min of time for an experiment.
iii)  Based on your answers to (i) and (ii), how many blocks do you request?
iv)  What are the desired qualifications for your observers (e.g., level of experience)?
If your project is accepted we will need:
                1)   A brief paragraph explaining what the participants can expect to do in the study (e.g., reading N chest x-rays) and the potential benefit to the participants. What might they learn?
                2)   A statement about how you plan to reward participants if applicable (e.g., lottery for an iPad, box of chocolate).
                3)   A description of recruitment strategies you will use. We will collaborate with RSNA for general publicity but if individual projects have ideas about how to bring in participants this can help all of us.
                4)   Proof of IRB approval from your institution.
Coordinating Committee
Decisions about the allocation of time and space will be made by a coordinating committee consisting of:
Jeremy Wolfe (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Med) - Chair
Elizabeth Krupinski (Emory)
Miguel Eckstein (UC Santa Barbara)
Maryellen Giger (U. Chicago)
Satoshi Minoshima (U. Utah)
Todd Horowitz (NIH/NCI)

Questions and expressions of interests should be directed to Jeremy Wolfe (jwolfe at partners.org) and Todd Horowitz (todd.horowitz at nih.gov).

Todd S. Horowitz, Ph.D.
Program Director, Psychologist
Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch
Behavioral Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive, 3E-116
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240.276.6963
Mobile: 240.678.5986

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