The HPCRL is a designated CSU Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence, and serves as a center for interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach efforts that address the etiology, prevention, intervention, and treatment of major chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and degenerative conditions associated with aging.
Laurie Biela, the Manager of Research Operations, serves the Human Performance Research Laboratory as a whole by overseeing all shared resources, maintaining regulatory compliance, oversight of human participants, laboratory safety and training, and managing the clinical Fee-For-Service program. Contact her for more information on lab facilities and pricing for CSU researchers.
Scott Fahrner, M.D., a full time physician, serves as the medical director of the HPCRL and the medical monitor for human studies. Dr. Fahrner performs physical exams and muscle biopsies, oversees stress testing, reviews clinical electrocardiograms for abnormalities, and measures vital signs, determines if subjects meet eligibility criteria for clinical studies, and reviews adverse events. Research technicians perform phlebotomy, IV catheter placement, DEXA scans, and VO2 max testing.
Clinical Core Facilities
Clinical Research Exercise Screening and Performance Flex Spaces
Room 1: The room has power requirements to perform multiple stress tests, with either treadmills or cycle ergometers, while capturing expired gases using metabolic carts and recording ECG traces. The room will also house a multi-use exam table, and is equipped with a sink, counter space, storage cabinets for miscellaneous consumables, supplies, and equipment.
Room 2: Equipped for clinical stress testing using cycle ergometers (Velotron or Lode Bike), ECG and indirect calorimetry. The room also has a multi-use exam table and Clinical Blood Analyzer. The room has two sinks, counter space, storage cabinets for miscellaneous consumables, supplies and equipment.
Clinical Research Procedural Flex Spaces
These rooms contain a research bed, a sink, and storage cabinets. The space can be used for obtaining muscle and adipose tissue biopsies, blood samples for screening purposes, resting metabolic rate, and oral glucose tolerance data as well as other IRB approved research procedures. The room has the power requirements for a centrifuge to spin blood samples and for instrument sterilization equipment.
Clinical Exercise Outreach Testing Lab
The clinical exercise-testing lab. This room has three treadmill/ECG stations, three exam tables for participant prep, a medical “crash” cart, extensive storage, sink, and miscellaneous exercise testing equipment.
Participant Interview Rooms
Each room has a small conference table and four chairs for participant/client activities such as obtaining informed consent, screening, or follow up visits in a private room.
Houses a dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) unit used for body composition and bone densitometry analysis, newly acquired in 2017.
Blood Draw Room
Contains an exam table and blood draw supplies for screening and follow up visits.
Physician Exam Room
Contains an exam table, medical supply cart, sphygmomanometers, cabinetry and a sink. It is used for baseline screening, physical exams, and participant prep prior to exercise testing.
Analytical Core Facilities
A multiuser facility for molecular biology, biochemistry, and tissue analytic needs of multiple groups. The lab allows for the analysis of DNA, RNA, protein, lipid, carbohydrate, and other analytes from human and rodent tissue and isolated cells.
Contains a shared fluorescence microscope/camera.
Contains ventilation and cooling two GC-MS and GC-QQQ instruments, as well as speed vac.
Provide resources for central storage and containment facilities.
In addition to the HPCRL, Core Facilities, have a dedicated clinical space that contains two research beds, a sink, storage cabinets, counter space, and an autoclave. The space can be used for obtaining muscle, adipose, blood samples for screening purposes, resting metabolic rate, oral glucose tolerance data as well as other IRB approved research procedures.