IRB Consent Statement for Conference Subjects

Face, Health, Wellness and Life Events
PI: Karl Ricanek Jr (


What Is the Research About?

The face is often quoted as a widow into your soul. This work will investigate the face as a window into your health and wellness. As a participant in this study you will contribute to the body of knowledge, indirectly as your face (likeness) will never be published, on the linkage between face signals and health and wellness.


Who Is Doing the Study?

The person in charge of this study is Dr. Karl Ricanek Jr (PI) of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Ricanek has conducted dozens of research efforts over his tenure with UNCW and has authored more than 80 publications on his research. This project is conducted in collaboration with Lapetus Solutions, Inc.


Do Any of the Researchers Stand to Gain Financially or Personally from This Research?

This research is being partially funded by Lapetus Solutions Inc. None of the researchers participating in this study stand to gain financially or personally.


What is the Purpose of this Study?

The researchers conducting this project believe that certain attributes about your wellness and health can be obtained from your face. This research project and data collection will attempt to answer this question.


What will I be Asked to Do?

1. Upload photo of your face (selfie) to a dedicated (web) portal.

2. Provide answers to questions regarding Date of Birth, Height, Weight, Gender and Smoking Status.

All digital photographs uploaded are secured requiring two-factor authentication to access as well as all data is encrypted using the latest encryption technology.


What are the Possible Risks and Discomforts?

To the best of our knowledge, the things you will be doing have no more risk of harm than you would experience in everyday life.

Once the data you submit is in the researcher’s possession, it will be kept secure.  However, the researcher’s cannot guarantee security during transmission of data due to keylogging or other malware that may exist on the device you are using.


Will I Benefit from Taking Part in this Study?

You will not get any personal benefit from taking part in this study.


Do I Have to Take Part in this Study?

If you decide to take part in the study, it should be because you want to volunteer. There will be no penalty and you will not lose any benefits or rights you would normally have if you choose not to volunteer. If you decide to have your data and photos removed from the study after the data collection is completed, you will have up to 14 days to withdraw from the study. You may send an email to or notifying us about your decision or mail a letter indicating your withdrawal from the study to the following address:


What If I Have Questions?

You can contact the investigator, Dr. Karl Ricanek Jr at If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, contact the UNCW Institutional Review Board at