Centre for Metabolic Health Research capabilities

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The Centre for Metabolic Health Research offers a range of expertise and equipment. Please contact us for more information.

Biomarkers

  • Bone biochemical markers
  • Markers for joint health
  • Metabolic health

Key contact(s): Prof Marlena Kruger, Prof Bernhard Breier

Body composition

  • Visceral fat assessments (ultrasound)
  • Skin fold thickness
  • Bone density
  • BodPod

Key contact(s): Prof Marlena Kruger, Dr Lee Stoner

Cardiovascular

  • Arterial stiffness (ultrasound, pulse wave analysis)
  • Endothelial function (ultrasound)
  • Heart rate variability
  • Conduit blood flow profiling (ultrasound)
  • Skeletal muscle microvascular blood flow (near infra-red spectroscopy)
  • Skeletal muscle biopsy assessment of capillary density
  • Heart disease-associated SNP genotyping
  • Heart disease cohort study design
  • Langendorf heart perfusion
  • Isolation of primary cardiac myocytes
  • Cardiac myocyte and endothelial cell culture
  • Cell signalling in cardiac myocytes

Key contact(s): Dr Lee Stoner, Dr Barry Palmer

Environment

  • Microbial heavy metal processing/resistance and antibiotic resistance

Key contact(s): Dr Barry Palmer

Exercise/sport performance

  • Physical activity (accelerometry)
  • Lactate threshold testing
  • Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max)

Key contact(s): Ass Prof David Rowlands

Genetics and genomics

  • SNP genotyping/haplotyping

Key contact(s): Dr Barry Palmer

In vitro assessment of bioactives/ food extracts

  • Bone health
  • Joint health
  • Immune
  • Other

Key contact(s): Prof Marlena Kruger, Dr Wei-Hang Chua

Nutrition

Key contact(s): Ass Prof David Rowlands, Prof Bernhard Breier

Skeletal muscle

  • Non-invasive assessment of mitochondrial respiratory analysis (near infra-red spectroscopy)
  • Muscle volume (ultrasound)
  • Mitochondrial enzyme activity (biopsy)
  • Skeletal muscle myocyte/myotube culture
  • Electric Pulse Stimulation of skeletal myocytes/myotubes
  • Cell signalling in skeletal myocytes/myotubes

Key contact(s): Ass Prof David Rowlands, Dr Lee Stoner, Dr Martin Dickens

Metabolic

  • Resting/exercise metabolic rate
  • Isolation of primary hepatocytes
  • Cell signalling and metabolic regulation in skeletal and cardiac myocytes, adipocytes and liver cells
  • Insulin signalling

Key contact(s): Dr Martin Dickens

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