Staff

Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD
Director, Human Research Core
Professor of Nutrition
UNC Nutrition Research Institute
mkohlmeier@unc.edu
704-250-5023 |

Tondra Blevins, MLT
Medical Lab Technician
Human Research Core
UNC Nutrition Research Institute
tondra_blevins@unc.edu
704-250-5035 |

Jaina Hattabaugh, MPH
Clinical Studies Coordinator
Human Research Core
UNC Nutrition Research Institute
jaina_hattabaugh@unc.edu
704-250-5075 |

HRC Hours

The hours for the Human Research Core vary according to the requirements of the research studies in progress at any particular time. Please contact the HRC at (704) 250-5035 for more information.

HRC Services

The Human Research Core offers these clinical services for academic, public and private research:

Consultation
Study Design
IRB Submission
Scheduling
Subject Recruitment
Telephone Screening
Informed Consent
Anthropometric Measurements

Clinical Services
Hgb A1c Testing
Glucometer
Medical Screening
Phlebotomy
Pregnancy Test
Processing of Samples
Urine and Stool Collection

Nutrition Assessment
Diet Recall
Food Records

Diet Design
Recipe Development

HRC Equipment

Body Composition Laboratory
Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) (GE Lunar iDXA)
Whole-Body Densitometry BodPod® and PeaPod®

Clinical Laboratory
FibroScan® 502 Touch (Echosens™)
Facilities: General Exam Rooms (4), and Consultation Rooms (2)

Metabolic Rate Assessment Laboratory
Dynamometer (BIODEX)
Metabolic Cart (Parvo Medics)

Human Whole-Room Calorimeter

Metabolic Research Kitchen

Specimen Collection & Processing

The goal of the Human Research Core is to provide the clinical resources necessary to support exciting scientific discoveries.

 

The Human Research Core provides human nutrition research investigators with multi-disciplinary services and equipment in one location. In service since 2009, it continues to expand to meet the needs of its investigators.  The Core is complete with examination rooms and equipment, phlebotomy and processing laboratory, pharmacy, and furnished consultation rooms. For nutrition intervention studies, the Core offers a metabolic kitchen specifically designed to support nutrition research. The Human Research Core is located within the UNC Nutrition Research Institute on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina just 30 minutes north of Charlotte.

The Core offers state-of-the-art resources and support for investigators through

  • Human metabolism and body composition assessments
  • Clinical laboratory and support services
  • Preparation and delivery of precisely designed meals for study participant

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute is committed to conducting innovative, basic and translational science to support the understanding of precision nutrition. These advances in science promote the prevention and reduction of chronic disease and obesity.

HRC is available for Academic, Public and Private Research

The Human Research Core encourages collaborative as well as independent research. It is committed to conducting innovative, basic and translational science to support the understanding of precision nutrition. These advances in science promote the prevention and reduction of chronic disease and obesity.

Facilities

Human Whole-Room Calorimeter

Our advanced research suite uses indirect calorimetry to evaluate a research participant’s 24-hour energy balance (intake and expenditure). The suite is equipped with a bed, treadmill, bathroom, airlock chamber for entry of food, ports for blood draws and entertainment options. Data can be collected without interruption during meals, sleep and light activity. Monitoring, consenting, scrubs, supplies, technicians and analysis upon completion are included. The Whole-Room Calorimeter is essential for studies on energy balance and fuel use.

 

Metabolic Research Kitchen

Investigators work with a Registered Dietitian to design, prepare and serve precisely composed meals with a safe, accurate and consistent approach. The kitchen is equipped with commercial appliances and professional software. A spacious dining area, adjacent to the kitchen, is available to accommodate up to 50 research participants for diet intervention studies.

 

 

Clinical Laboratory

Transient Elastography-FibroScan® 502 Touch
We measure liver composition by non-invasive elastography which provides important information for the assessment of liver health through the simultaneous assessment of liver stiffness and fat content (measured through ultrasound attenuation rate). The method has been optimized to achieve a high rate of reproducibility with the ability to detect small changes in liver fat content.

Facilities
General Exam Rooms (4), and Consultation Rooms (2)

 

 

Metabolic Rate Assessment Laboratory

Dynamometer (BIODEX)
Testing and rehabilitation services for knees, ankles and hips plus shoulders, elbows, forearms and wrists. A variety of output reports allow numeric and graphic information to be printed in a number of different formats. Isokinetic testing can be used to provide valid, reliable, objective measures of a muscle’s performance time after time.

Metabolic Cart (Parvo Medics)
Two carts are available to measure resting metabolic rate and exercise-induced changes in energy expenditure. Exercise-based testing uses a treadmill or stationary bike.

Body Composition Laboratory

Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) (GE Lunar iDXA)
The DXA provides precise measurements of total and regional body composition through high resolution imaging. The scan is noninvasive and exposes the research participant to very low radiation. The DXA can accommodate up to 450 pounds.

Whole-Body Densitometry BodPod® and PeaPod®
The BOD POD® is the gold standard in body composition assessment, with the ability to analyze across the lifespan. The BOD POD® is fast, accurate, noninvasive and accommodates a variety of populations. This equipment uses air displacement technology to determine body volume and density. The PEA POD® measures the same variables in infants from 0-6 months.

Specimen Collection and Processing

The Human Research Core is equipped with multiple phlebotomy stations and a designated restroom to collect blood, urine, and fecal samples to meet the needs of the investigator. Once these samples are collected, the Core can process and prepare them for storage or send them off for external analysis.