The Nutrition and Wellness Research Center (NWRC) is designed to facilitate research projects involving human subjects, featuring a variety of research, laboratory space and equipment for controlled studies that involve diet, exercise and behavior change. Equipment may be used by researchers to collect data on metabolic risk factors, body composition and/or physical fitness. An exercise area with private locker room and shower facilities provides convenient space for controlled exercise studies. Exercise equipment includes several treadmills, three cycle ergometers and metabolic carts.
The NWRC is available for pilot and research studies. Individual testing rooms are available to conduct a variety of clinical measurements. Rooms are set up with metabolic carts and can be used for assessing resting and exercise-related energy expenditure. Another room is designated for body composition via BODPOD, PeaPod, and bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) and bone mineral densitometry via dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). An adjacent room is available for anthropometry assessment. Two phlebotomy rooms are available for collecting blood and other clinical data. The NWRC has a fully-equipped metabolic kitchen with a professional stove/oven, microwave ovens, two dishwashers, refrigerator/freezer, walk-in pantry, walk-in cold room, walk in freezer and an ice machine. Adjacent dining rooms provide capacity to serve meals for up to 40 people simultaneously. Additionally, the on-campus facility has a fully equipped kitchen as well as a dining room with the capacity to provide capacity to serve meals for 24-40 participants simultaneously, phlebotomy room and a private room for clinical counseling/interviewing.
Estimates regarding costs to conduct human clinical studies are available by contacting NWRC.