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Facilities and Services

The School of Nutrition and Health Promotion has dedicated laboratory space for multidisciplinary research focused on human health. Our facilities are located in the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative (ABC) building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. 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.

Clinical Research Suite

Photo of clinical research suite

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.

Features:

  • 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

Exercise and Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory

Exercise and Cardiovascular Physiology LaboratoryThe 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 Drs. Gaesser, Angadi and Dickinson. Mrs. Theresa Jorgensen manages the day to day operations of the lab and is the lab manager and sonographer.

Features:

  • Multiple Trackmaster treadmills
  • Via Sprint 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.
  • CSMi isokinetic dynamometer andCybex leg extension devices

DXA

Photo of DXABone 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.

Features:

  • 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

Biochemistry & Molecular Laboratory

Biochemistry & Molecular LaboratoryThe HLRC biochemistry and molecular lab provides biochemical and molecular analyses specialized for human tissue and fluids.

Features:

  • 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

Metabolic Kitchen

Photo of Metabolic KitchenThe purpose of the Metabolic Kitchen is to support nutritional research as an integrated component of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion by designing, preparing, and serving meals to meet study-specific criteria and produce valid scientific results.

Features:

  • 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

Testing & Services Offered

  • 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)

 

Other services may be available. Contact snhpresearchfacility@asu.edu for information.