How to optimize nutrition research studies

October 10, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Are you designing a research study involving dietary, physical activity, exercise, body composition and/or metabolic measurements or interventions in human subjects? If so, the Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center’s Human Phenotyping Core — or HPC — provides the following services:

  • Consultation services to investigators: HPC has the expertise to help you optimize the design of your study
  • Standardized and sophisticated assessment and physiological testing of human subjects: HPC has the equipment and the expertise to implement a wide array nutritional assessments and physiological/metabolic tests for your research studies.
  • Services to directly assist researchers to conduct their nutritional and/or exercise interventions in human subjects.

Dr. Simon Evans provided a recent example of how the core’s services can best be utilized. He was ready to carry out a study to determine how a diet high in polyunsaturated fatty acids alters the microbiome composition and influences self-reported burden of disease in individuals with bipolar disorder compared to healthy controls.

Members of the Nutrition Assessment Lab provided consultative services to assist in determining appropriate dietary assessment methods. In addition, staff RDs were in place to provide counseling to participants in following a high polyunsaturated fat diet and training for participants in how to operate self-administered 24-hour recall software.

For more information and a list of our services, please visit the MNORC website or email