Integrative Physiology Laboratory (IPL)
The Integrative Physiology Laboratory (IPL) concentrates on health-related research across several disciplines using translational approaches that are both cellular and whole-body in scope. The current faculty's research integrates aspects of cardiovascular function, metabolism, inflammation, hydration and nutrition status, and exercise/physical activity. They evaluate healthy individuals as well as at-risk populations or those who suffer from chronic diseases including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and obesity. The IPL utilizes state-of-the-art applied and basic techniques to accomplish its research goals.
IPL Services Include:
Resting metabolic rate (RMR):
The amount of energy expended at rest. Rest is defined as existing in a neutrally temperate environment while in the post-absorptive state.
Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA):
A means of measuring the density of the tissue in the body by two X-ray beams with different energy levels. Provides measures of body composition.
Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max):
Also called maximal aerobic capacity, this is a measure of the maximum capacity of an individual's body to transport and use oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the aerobic (physical) fitness of the individual.
Carotid intima thickness (IMT):
A measure of the thickness of tunica intima and tunica media, the innermost two layers of the arterial wall. The measurement is made by external ultrasound.
Pulse wave analysis/velocity:
A measure of arterial stiffness; the pulse wave from a particular location along the artery wall spread to another specific location rate, which is used to reflect the non-invasive indicator of arterial elasticity. The speed of travel of this pulse wave (pulse wave velocity or PWV) is related to the stiffness of the arteries.
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