Exercise Physiology Research resource description

Exercise Physiology Core Laboratory:

The Exercise Physiology Core Laboratory is located on the 2nd floor of the Collins Wing (formally Barringer Wing) in the West Complex of the UVA Health System and is staffed by Lab Manager Lisa Farr, M.Ed. and Research Assistant Nicole Heubner, M.Ed. Arthur Weltman, Ph. D. is the faculty director of the lab. This facility is devoted to excellence in research in exercise physiology and metabolism encompassing a wide range of diverse studies in children, young, middle age and older adults.   Current study populations include subjects with Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease, heart failure, multiple sclerosis, type 1 and 2 diabetes, and/or morbid obesity. The laboratory includes several metabolic carts for collection of basal and exercise-associated metabolic data. Interfaced with each metabolic cart is a computer-linked bicycle ergometer and treadmill, and an EKG machine. The lab also includes a BOD POD for determination of body composition, and a metabolic system for measurement of resting metabolism. In addition to metabolic, body composition, and exercise testing, supervised exercise training is available for studies examining the effects of exercise over time.

Major Equipment specific to the Exercise Physiology Core Laboratory:

Vmax Metabolic Stress Testing Systems (CareFusion)Clinical measurement of oxygen consumption during exercise
GE Case Exercise Testing System including ECG and Treadmill (GE Marquette)Clinical measurement of exercise capacity during exercise
Vmax Metabolic System (Carefusion)Measurement of basal or resting metabolism
Quinton Q-Stress ECG system (Cardiac Sciences)Electrocardiograph for exercise testing; compatible with Quinton Q65 Treadmill
and Lode ergometer
Lode Bicycle Ergometer (Cardiac Sciences)Electronically calibrated research ergometer
BOD POD GS Body Composition tracking system (COSMED)Air displacement plethysmography system for determining body composition, e.g. fat free tissue and fat tissue
Brachial Analyzer (MIA Vascular Research Tools 5)Medical image analysis software for the assessment of FMD/endothelial function of brachial artery from ultrasound image data.