Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHSR/IRB)

PROPOSAL ID:2302
TITLE:COLLECTION OF STUDENT HEALTH-RELATED DATA AS PART OF LABORATORY INVESTIGATIONS IN A PHYSIOLOGY COURSE
PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:WALTON, KRISTEN
BIOLOGY
271-5613
KWALTON1@MISSOURIWESTERN.EDU
OTHER INVESTIGATORS:
IRB SUMMARY: File Created: March 27, 2015
Department Chair Action Date: March 27, 2015
Current Status: Extension of Approval Granted
Action Date: March 27, 2015
Confidentiality Data are not linked to individuals

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The overall goal of this project is to use student data to illustrate physiological principles. Options for modern physiology lab activities typically include computer-based simulations, the use of model organisms, or the use of human subjects such as the students themselves. In BIO 311 Animal Physiology, model organisms are used for several laboratory activities. However, some types of data such as electrocardiograms and blood glucose measurement (for cardiovascular physiology and endocrine physiology lab activities, respectively) are more easily obtained from human subjects. The use of the students in the class as subjects for data collection allows us to use fewer computer simulations and more hands-on experiments.

STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

In different weeks of the semester, students will collect one of the following forms of data from themselves: an electrocardiogram (ECG) recording using iWorx physiology lab equipment; blood glucose levels using commercially available handheld glucometers and test strips; urinalysis using commercially available urine test strips; and testing of various neurological reflex responses using readily available equipment such as meter sticks and penlights. When applicable, standard procedures for handling potentially biohazardous materials will be followed, such as students performing their own finger stick with a single lancet and disposing of the used lancets in a biohazard sharps container. In every case, no identifying information will be collected for distribution of data to the class. Students will be allowed to opt out of any personal data collection without grade penalty. Students will also be advised to see a physician if their results give them any cause for concern about their health. Descriptions of lab activities and sample student data may be used in the submission of a manuscript for publication. In this case, only aggregate data will be reported with no identifying information.

ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITS

The risks to the subjects will be minimal. Subjects are at risk for violation of confidentiality of personal health-related information, but this will be minimized through the removal of identifying information. The only invasive procedure that will be conducted is a finger stick for blood glucose determination; all other tests described are non-invasive and pose no risk of injury. Students will be given the proper procedures for handling potentially biohazardous specimens and minimizing risk of infection or contamination prior to conducting a finger stick. The benefit of participation in these lab activities is the hands-on experience with physiological data to help illustrate physiological concepts. Class data can be used to compared different treatments or illustrate variation in the normal range of data in populations.

SUBJECT SELECTION

All students enrolled in BIO 311 each fall semester will be involved (approximately 40 each fall semester).

CONFIDENTIALITY

Student identifying information will be kept confidential and only numbers or outcomes from data collection will be shared with the class or in any resulting publications. Any published data resulting from this study will not identify individual students but instead will report aggregate class data.

Extension Request on 08-26-2016

I request an extension as I plan to continue the lab activities described in this proposal in BIO 311 in the upcoming year.

Extension Request on 03-27-2017

I am still collecting data for this continuing project.

Extension Request on 03-27-2018

I would like to continue this class-related project.

Extension Request on 03-27-2019

I am continuing to do the activities outlined in this proposal.

Extension Request on 03-25-2020

These activities are continuing.

Extension Request on 03-26-2021

I am continuing to collect data in this project.

Extension Request on 03-25-2022

I am still collecting data in this course-based, continuing project.

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