• Research Cores and Services

    The CTRC offers a unique opportunity for investigators seeking high-quality, cost-effective research services. Thanks to support from the National Institutes of Health, through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) and Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), we provide the following services to collaborating researchers:

    Behavioral Science Core

    Our Behavioral Science Core offers several services for researchers studying behavior and mental health, including:

    • Execution of various behavioral measurement techniques / instruments
    • Consultation in design of research with behavioral dimensions
    • Preparation of behavioral sections of grant applications
    • Consultation on data management and analytic strategies for behavioral data
    • Assistance in preparation of manuscripts describing behavioral outcomes
    • Consultation for adherence assessment and intervention 

    Biochemistry Core Laboratory

    The CTRC provides investigators access to Core Laboratory services such as clinical and research assays for the study of mineral and bone metabolism disorders and various assays by arrangement with investigators. The CTRC also offers a Sample Processing Laboratory which is ran by the CTRC Research Nursing Core.

    Bionutrition and Body Composition Core

    The Bionutrition and Body Composition Core offers a wide range of services to support investigators, including:

    • Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for analysis of body composition and bone density
    • Detailed nutrition analysis of dietary intake by study participants
    • Comprehensive instruction for study staff and / or participants on dietary intake data collection
    • Development and preparation of study-specific menus for controlled feeding studies
    • Resting metabolic rate / resting energy expenditure assessment via indirect calorimetry 
    • Administration of diet and / or physical activity questionnaires and physical fitness tests
    • Anthropometric measurements including height / weight, circumferences and skinfolds
    • Measurement of volumetric bone mineral density and cross sectional bone dimensions via peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT)

    The Bionutrition and Body Composition Core also provides education and training to support research teams, as well as consultation on nutrition research methodology, tools and equipment.  Forms and guidelines are available to make data collection easier for researchers.   

    Research Nursing Core

    The Research Nursing Core is trained to make complex, detailed research observations and conduct precise collection and storage of specimens. Each investigator has a primary research nurse coordinator who serves as a liaison for study implementation, trains clinical staff for the research study and monitors the clinical outcomes. In addition, the Research Nursing Core runs the Sample Processing Laboratory which provides processing and storage for specimens collected in the CTRC.

    Vascular Core

    The Vascular Core offers non-invasive evaluation of the vascular system to evaluate arterial structure and function in conditions that affect the vasculature such as obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, inflammatory conditions, and others. We can perform measures of arterial thickness, arterial stiffness, and endothelial function. We provide consultation to investigators to assist them in selecting the most robust technique for testing their specific research question.

    There are additional CCTST services (including study design, biostatistical support, and data management) available for investigators through Research Central  on the CCTST website.