Grand Opening: New Human Clinical Research Facility

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Courtesy of Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development is marking the completion of its latest facility with a grand opening celebration Tuesday, April 11, at 1pm. The state-of-the-art Human Clinical Research Facility, located on John Kimbrough Boulevard, will be a university-wide resource for collaboration on health and wellness research.

Envisioned by the Department of Health and Kinesiology, the HCRF will house both the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity, headed by Dr. Nicolaas Deutz, and the Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab, headed by Dr. Richard Kreider.

The 21,518-square foot building will feature a number of resources, including:

  • Exercise Training and Rehabilitation Core to conduct supervised endurance and resistance-exercise based training and rehabilitation programs for healthy individuals or individuals with disease under medical supervision;
  • Exercise Physiology and Body Composition Core for conducting comprehensive exercise, nutrition, and clinical intervention assessments and research trials;
  • Clinical Research Unit consisting of a 12-bed overnight stay unit to run 24/7 human clinical trials, a nurses’ station, and a metabolic kitchen for nutritional studies;
  • Compounding Unit to prepare IV infusion solutions for human use;
  • Mass Spectrometry and Analytical Core for comprehensive in-depth analysis of metabolic, nutritional, and clinical markers; and
  • Education Core to provide an open environment for education, collaboration, and student mentoring.

Among the many priorities of the College, faculty and staff are focused on improving quality of life among individuals and communities for a healthier Texas and world. The knowledge and discoveries made within this facility will ensure that the College is leading this charge.

The facility opens to the public at 1pm on Tuesday, April 11, followed by remarks highlighting the research capabilities of the facility. Following those remarks, attendees are invited to tour the facility where faculty will provide demonstrations and give a detailed look at the research ahead.