Human Performance Laboratory
The Human Performance Laboratory, developed and directed by Ann Brown, PhD, is the applied exercise science and health research facility for the Department of Movement Sciences. The laboratory is a collaborative research space with faculty from Movement Sciences, including Chantal Vella, PhD, FACSM, and Dave Paul, PhD, as well as undergraduate and graduate students from exercise science, nutrition and the WWAMI medical education programs.
The Human Performance Laboratory is unique at the University of Idaho in its focus on applied exercise physiology and human performance. The research focus of this laboratory is to understand the effects of physical activity and sedentary behavior on different parameters of health and performance across the lifespan, including but not limited to cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, cardiac function, inflammation and cardiometabolic disease risk factors.
The laboratory is located in the Physical Education Building (PEB) next to ISMMAL.
This applied research space features state-of-the-art equipment including:
- Multiple workstations equipped with computers for use by research assistants (undergraduate/graduate) and faculty members
- Actigraph GT3X+ accelerometers and ActiLife Software
- Parvo Medics True One 2400 Metabolic measurement system
- PhysioFlow non-invasive hemodynamic monitor that provides continuous, accurate and reproducible measurements of cardiac output and other parameters of cardiac function
- Cosmed BOD POD® for the accurate measurement of body composition
- Hologic dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry for the accurate measurement of bone mineral density
- Blood draw and assay equipment including an Eppendorf refrigerated centrifuge and New Brunswick Scientific ultra-low temperature freezer
- Alere Cholestech LDX Analyzer for the measurement of blood glucose and lipids
- Seca 703 Column Medical Scale with Height Rod
- Cycle ergometers
- Anthropometric measurement devices
- Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA)
- Skinfold calipers
Body Composition Testing Service
We can accurately measure your body composition in the laboratory with the BOD POD®. The BOD POD® uses whole body air plethysmography (i.e., air displacement) to measure your fat and lean tissues in addition to estimating resting metabolic rate and total energy expenditure. For more information, call 208-885-2007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rates for our Body Composition Service (discounts are available for groups):
- University of Idaho students: $35
- University of Idaho employees: $45
- Community members: $50