Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Research Unit
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert Ross
Our research work is focused on the characterization and management of obesity and related co-morbidities in adults. In recent years we have conducted a number of randomized controlled trials to determine the efficacy and effectiveness of lifestyle-based interventions designed to manage abdominal obesity and related health risk. Our objective is to continue this type of research for the foreseeable future.
Our intervention-based research is performed within 5000 square feet of space in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. This space includes the aerobic exercise equipment necessary to perform multiple intervention trials. Equipment for measurement of indirect calorimetry both during exercise and at rest is in place. Also included are 4 MRI- and CT-image analysis workstations. We also have routine access to MRI, MRS, CT and DEXA facilities at Kingston General Hospital. Our cardiometabolic-based research is performed within our clinical laboratory space located within our laboratory and includes 2 beds, office space for our research nurses and two metabolic testing suites dedicated to performing our metabolic studies including hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp studies, glucose tolerance, glucose oxidation, resting metabolic rate measurement etc.