The Sansom Institute Clinical Trial Facility is comprised of 10 individual consultation rooms, exercise spaces, analytical laboratory, a volunteer kitchen and has mobility access. These facilities support the conduct of volunteer and subject assessments such as interviews, cognitive testing, blood taking, subject screening, and exercise studies.
Advanced equipment within the Facility is used for assessing:
- body composition (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry)
- physical activity (accelerometry)
- physical fitness (treadmill and cycle ergometry)
- muscle strength (isokinetic dynamometry)
- metabolism (metabolic rate by indirect calorimetry)
- biomarkers in blood
- endothelial dilatation in both systemic and cerebral circulations (brachial artery and transcranial doppler ultrasound)
- arterial compliance (cardiovascular profiler)
- heart rate variability, and
- measurement of blood pressure at rest (automated oscillometry, by 24hr ambulatory monitoring and by continuous Finapres monitoring, e.g. to assess pressor responsiveness to stress).
A wide range of validated questionnaires are used to evaluate physical activity, diet composition and energy balance, together with batteries of mood and cognitive function tests to assess mental health status.
An ultra-cold freezer storage area forms part of the Facility, with 12 -80°C freezers and high-tech monitoring systems.
An analytical laboratory is a part of the Facility and Institute researchers have additional extensive laboratory facilities to support their clinical research activities.
The Facility is available for use by external clinical investigators to undertake clinical research activities.