New Users Guide

New users should contact Deniz Ucar at, and provide the following:

  • Contact Information
  • Research Lab and Primary Investigator
  • Your Position
  • Brief Description of Your Equipment Needs

Equipment requires training regardless of previous experience and must come from the Core Technician. 

After completing the training, users will receive access to the Brain Institute Human Research and Data Analysis Core and equipment and will be able to schedule sessions.  


Before training can begin on the NIRx fNIRS, users will need to complete the Account Authorization Form and have it signed by the Primary Investigator. 

Account Authorization Form


NIRx Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS)
Usage: $20 per hour
Training: $30 per hour

Data Management

Users of the NIRx Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) must name their files in the following standard format:

Example:  2019May25_Daniel_MQ_test.vsi

A folder for the lab (named for the primary investigator) will be created into which data must be placed.  Data will be stored on the hard drive in the Brain Institute Human Research and Data Analysis Core for a period of one month.  

Once per week, the technician will clear files that have been stored for one month from the hard drive.  Prior to deletion of files, primary investigators and the user who acquired the data will be notified via email that their data will be deleted in one week.  At the end of the one month storage period, responsibility for data management falls exclusively to the investigators.


We welcome any feedback from users of the Brain Institute Human Research and Data Analysis Core.  Please email any comments or suggestions to Dr. Matthew Dalva, Brain Institute Director, at


All users of the NIRx fNIRS and metabolic cages in the Brain Institute Human Research and Data Analysis Core are asked to acknowledge the grant under which the equipments were purchased in their paper as the “Louisiana Board of Regents Departmental Enhancement Grant LEQSF(2018-23)-ENH-DE-15.”  Please send a copy of the paper to the PI of the grant, Dr. Jill Daniel, at