Clinical Research

Human Nutrition Research Unit (HNRU)



Nutritional and metabolic clinical research

Integrated within the Clinical Research Unit, the Human Nutrition Research Unit (HNRU) supports nutritional and metabolic clinical research for a variety of adult and child health-related concerns including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and obesity.

Director Carla Prado oversees this unit and specialized equipment and amenities such as dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, air displacement plethysmography, a fully-equipped research kitchen and a whole body calorimetry unit. The HNRU is a one-stop shop for clinical research that is open to researchers from around the world.

Services and facilities Include:

  • Body Composition (DXA, Bod Pod, BIA, Ultrasound, CT imaging analysis)
  • Energy Metabolism (Whole Body Calorimetry Unit, Metabolic Cart, Fitmate)
  • Research Kitchen
  • Blood Processing Laboratory
  • Phlebotomists
  • Registered Dietitians

Research Studies in HNRU

If you are planning a research study in the Clinical Research Unit, please download CLINICAL RESEARCH STUDY :: Online Posting Form (PDF) and submit this form to the appropriate Research Ethics Board (REB) for approval. Upon approval, your research study will be added to the Participate in a Research Study and shared on social media (if requested).