Purdue University says its new Nutrition and Exercise Clinical Research Center will give top researchers throughout the nation the ability to enhance their programs. The 4,000 square-foot center in Stone Hall is on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.
The university says undergraduate and graduate students will have opportunities to learn alongside visiting researchers. The center will also collaborate with the Indiana CTSI Clinical Research Center and the Indiana University School of Medicine.
"This center will help us achieve national preeminence in clinical nutrition research through better understanding of the relation of diet and health, nutrition and exercise interactions, predictors of food intake and choice, and weight loss and gain," said Connie Weaver, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Nutrition Science. "Our faculty will be able to expand their research projects to better understand how diet quality influences chronic disease prevention and weight management, especially as it relates to hunger and satiety, which an make following diets difficult."
Purdue says the center includes facilities and laboratories for bionutrition services, bone, muscle and body composition assessment, blood pressure monitoring, neural imaging, outpatient clinical health, exercise testing and training facilities, and counseling and health motivation services.
Weaver adds the center will be able to officer people within the community opportunities to learn more about diet and fitness.