Clinical and Translational Research Recharge Center

The College of Health Solutions has dedicated laboratory space for multidisciplinary research focused on human health. Our facilities are located in the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative (ABC) building of Phoenix Bioscience Core. The space includes a clinical research suite, exercise and cardiovascular physiology lab, biochemistry and molecular lab, metabolic kitchen and feeding area, and private interview and exam rooms.

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Facilities and services

This area is used for blood collection by venipuncture, IV line or fingerstick, metabolic measures using glucose and meal tolerance testing and biopsy procedures for tissue collection.Clinical research suite chairs and curtains


  • Waiting room with 3 private consent rooms
  • Procedure area with reclining phlebotomy chairs
  • Private and semi-private exam rooms
  • Monitoring station with storage space and computer access
  • Stadiometers and scales
  • ECG
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Adjacent processing room with refrigerated centrifuge and biosafety cabinet for immediate processing of blood, saliva, urine or fecal samples prior to storage and analysis
  • Point of care equipment for instant analysis of chemistries and HgbA1c

The exercise and cardiovascular physiology laboratory offers a broad spectrum of top-of-the-line, rigorously validated exercise and cardiovascular equipment. The lab is overseen by Theresa Jorgensen BA, RDCS, RDMS, RVT who manages the day to day operations of the lab and is the research sonographer. Exercise and cardiovascular physiology laboratory with treadmill


  • TuffTread High Speed Elite and Trackmaster treadmills
  • Lode and Monark cycle ergometers
  • Parvomedics and Jaeger Oxycon Mobile Metabolic Systems
  • SphygmoCor XCEl noninvasive central arterial pressure waveform analyzer
  • SunTech Medical Oscar 2 ambulatory blood pressure monitors.
  • Physioflow non-invasive hemodynamic monitor
  • Terason Usmart 3300 ultrasound units.
  • Biodex System 4 Pro Isokinetic and Isometric dynamometer

Bone density and/or body composition is quantified using dual-energy x-ray densitometry otherwise known as a DXA scan. Arizona law restricts performance of DXA scanning to certain specially trained medical personnel. Therefore, a dedicated radiologic technologist is on staff to conduct all DXA scans. Medical equipment in laboratory


  • GE Lunar iDXA
  • Bone density and body composition by region or whole body
  • CoreScan software estimates visceral adipose tissue (VAT)
  • Vertebral fracture assessment (VFA)
  • Specialized pediatric software
  • 450lb weight limit

The HLRC biochemistry and molecular lab provides biochemical and molecular analyses specialized for human tissue and fluids. biochemistry and molecular lab equipment


  • Standard micro and ultra- centrifuges
  • Fume hoods
  • Biosafety cabinet
  • Waterbaths
  • Tissue homogenization
  • Electrophoresis (protein, DNA, RNA)
  • Scales
  • DI water
  • Ultra pure water
  • -80C freezers
  • Gamma counter
  • Chemiluminescent and fluorescent imaging
  • Multimode plate readers (single point and kinetic assays)
  • UV/Visible spectroscopy
  • Gas chromatography
  • Gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS)
  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Thermocycler
  • Semi-quantitative real time PCR
  • Clinical chemistry analyzer

The purpose of the Metabolic Kitchen is to support nutritional research as an integrated component of the College of Health Solutions by designing, preparing, and serving meals to meet study-specific criteria and produce valid scientific results. Metabolic Kitchen space with island chairs and cabinets


  • Two complete work areas divided by a large preparation table. Each work area includes:
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Sink
  • Additional prep space
  • Food service quality freezer and refrigerator
  • Storage pantry
  • Separate dining area with seating for 15
  • Activity Monitoring and Heart Rate Variability Testing
  • Aerobic Capacity (V02max and V02 submax)
  • 24-hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring including central BP
  • Anthropometric Measurements (height, weight, waist and hip circumference)
  • Biochemical Sample Analysis
  • Body Composition Assessment - DXA or BIA with a Tanita scale
  • Bone Density Assessment (DXA)
  • Blood collection (finger stick, venipuncture, indwelling catheters)
  • Cardiac Output and Hemodynamic Monitoring - Physioflow
  • Cardiopulmonary/ECG Exercise Testing
  • Cardiovascular Ultrasound Assessment - Echocardiogram
  • Cardiovascular Ultrasound Assessment - Flow Mediated Dilation
  • Exercise Training Facilities
  • Feeding and Supplement studies
  • Food Taste Testing
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Nutrition Analysis with Food Processor or NDSR
  • Noninvasive Central blood pressure waveform analysis
  • Noninvasive Carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity measurements
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance and Meal Testing
  • Point of Care Testing
  • Resting Energy Expenditure/Metabolic Rate
  • Strength Testing (Isokinetic, Isometric and Isotonic)
  • Vital Signs Monitoring (BP, pulse, temperature, pulse oximetry)

View the 2021-2022 Wexford Equipment Guide.

For additional information about Clinical Research services and fees, contact Theresa Jorgensen at

Service rates

Activity Unit Internal
ASU Rate
Non-profit Rate
For-profit Rate
Clinical Lab-Technical Assistance
Preparation of solutions, set-up and shut-down of equipment and wet-lab space before and after testing
hour $40 $55 $80
Clinical Lab -Technical Support
Perform testing for investigator (per protocol); train investigator based upon protocol
hour $50 $90 $100
Clinical Research Unit - Specimen processing
Processsing specimens for storage (alloquate and centrifuge)
hour $45 $65 $90
Clinical Lab - Specimen analysis
Analysis of specimens for investigator
hour $50 $70 $100
Lab services fee
Administration costs (data processing, specimen transport,specimen packaging and shipping, and all other paperwork involved with the study).
hour $40 $50 $80
Storage fees
Freezer storage minus 80 or minus 20 (per rack per year)
annual $10 $20 $25
Freezer monitoring
Staff monitoring and response to freezer alarm Investigator owned freezer
annual $15 $20 $35
Clinical Support - full coordination
Clinical research support by licensed or certified staff
hour $105 $125 $150
Research Coordinator Support - full coordination
Coordinator or technician support services
hour $45 $70 $110
Research initiation and closure
Faculty expert consult, protocol review, letter of approval, IRB/IBC/IACUC, etc.
study $1,650 $1,900 $2,300
Offsite research support
Clinical research support off-site. Travel time included.
hour $60 $130 $150
Equipment use training
Recharge Center personnel train faculty, staff, or student 
hour $25 $45 $100
Clinical space use - procedures
Use of space that requires disposal of biohazardous waste (e.g., sharps), widespread disinfection, restocking PPE, etc.
hour $35 $85 $90
Clinical space use - administrative
General space use (usual cleaning and waste disposal)
hour $10 $40 $60
DXA scan body composition or bone density
scan $80 $600 $650
Exercise testing VO2 max
Treadmill or ergometer, technician included
test $85 $210 $250
Resting Energy Expenditure
Cosmed indirect calorimetry
test $70 $250 $300
Ultrasound testing only. Analysis separate.
hour $75 $110 $130
Peterson Balance Assessment
Test basis/session
test $200 $310 $400
Point of Care Analysis
Specimen analysis in CRU
test $10 $25 $30
Clinical Research Unit - equipment use Tier 1
Non-capital equipment use (depreciation, service contract, maintenance, calibration, etc.). One half hour minimum.
hour $10 $75 $80
Clinical Research Unit - equipment use Tier 2
Capital equipment use
test $10 $145 $150
Clinical Lab - shared equipment use
Use of shared CL equipment (e.g., centrifuge, freeze dryer, biosafety cabinet, cryostat)
monthly $0 $30 $60
Clinical Research Unit- shared equipment use
Use of share CRU equipment (e.g., centrifuge, vitals cart, scales, biosafety cabinet)
monthly $0 $15 $50