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Numerous SMU faculty members are receiving patents for their inventions and discoveries. Among them is Engineering Professor Choon Sae Lee, who has developed a new form of antenna.

Expedited Review for Project Applications

Projects that might be expedited through the IRB process are sent out for review via e-mail to committee members on a continual basis. Please allow 4-5 weeks for the process.

Research projects which may be reviewed through the expedited process should involve no more than minimal risk to human subjects. The only involvement of human subjects in the project should be in one or more of the following categories (carried out through standard methods), as authorized in 46.110 of 45 CFR Part 46.

  1. Collection of: hair and nail clippings, in a nondisfiguring manner; deciduous teeth, and permanent teeth if patient care indicates a need for extraction.
  2. Collection of excreta and external secretions, including sweat, uncannulated saliva, placenta removed at delivery, and amniotic fluid at the time of rupture of the membrane prior to or during labor.
  3. Recording of data from subjects 18 years of age or older, using noninvasive procedures routinely employed in clinical practice. This includes the use of physical sensors that are applied either to the surface of the body or at a distance, and do not involve input of matter or significant amounts of energy into the subject, or an invasion of the subject's privacy. It also includes such procedures as weighing, testing sensory acuity, electrocardiography, electroencephalography, thermography, detection of naturally occurring radioactivity, diagnostic echography, and electroretinography. It does not include exposure to electromagnetic radiation outside the visible range (for example, x-rays, microwaves).
  4. Collection of blood samples by venipuncture, in amounts not exceeding 450 milliliters in an eight-week period, and no more often than two times per week, from subjects 18 years of age or older, and who are in good health and not pregnant.
  5. Collection of both supra- and sub-gingival dental plaque and calculus, provided the procedure is not more invasive than routine prophylactic sealing of the teeth, and the process is accomplished in accordance with accepted prophylactic techniques.
  6. Voice recordings made for research purposes, such as investigations of speech defects.
  7. Moderate exercise by healthy volunteers.
  8. The study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens.
  9. Research on individual or group behavior or characteristics of individuals, such as studies of perception, cognition, game theory, or test development, where the investigator does not manipulate subjects' behavior, and the research will not involve stress to subjects.
  10. Research on drugs or devices, for which an investigational new drug exemption or an investigational device exemption is not required.