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Exercise Intervention and Outcomes

Exercise Intervention and Outcomes

The Exercise Intervention & Outcomes core houses a wide variety of equipment that provides researchers with facilities in which they can: 

  • Evaluate clinical markers of health: height, weight, cardio-metabolic function, strength, and blood/biopsy generated measures.
  • Complete participant characterization: strength, metabolic capacity, cardiac function, body composition (bone, fat, muscle) – including separation of visceral and subcutaneous abdominal fat
  • Conduct exercise intervention studies in a controlled setting. Participants can be closely monitored to ensure compliance to ensure precision in dose/response measures.
  • Evaluate a wide range of health-related biomarkers in the core or utilize other IALS Cores for additional characterization

Participant Examination/Evaluation

  • GE Carescape – Blood Pressure/Temperature/Pulse Oximeter
  • Seca 719/220 Scale/Stadiometer
  • Piccolo xPress
  • Thermofisher Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Exam Tables
  • Phlebotomy Chair
  • Sample Refrigeration/Freezer (short term storage)

Bone Densitometry/Body Composition

  • GE Lunar iDXA

Exercise Testing

  • ParvoMedics TrueOne 2400 Metabolic Cart
  • Biodex System 4 Pro Dynamometer
  • Quinton Q-Stress 12-lead Electrocardiogram w/ integrated treadmill
  • Velotron Electromagnetically Braked Bicycle Ergometer

Exercise Training

  • 2 – Cybex Treadmills
  • Cybex Bicycle Ergometer
  • Monark 828E Bicycle Ergometer
  • Monark 874R Bicycle Ergometer
  • Cybex Bravo Function Training System
  Campus Users Other Academic Institutions Industry Unit
Exercise Training $5 $8 $9 hour
Exam Rooms $9 $14 $15 hour
Testing $14 $22 $24 hour
iDXA $100 $160 $172 hour1
Ultrasound $16 $26 $28 hour
Training $75 $100 $130 hour
Technician $75 $100 $130 hour

Rates are subject to change, contact facility to verify current fees.
*costs reflect the use of equipment by a PI/Partner furnished staff who have been certified for use by the Core Director, if staffing is required additional rates will apply.
1includes having a certified technician perform the scan and appropriate medical oversight.

Updated October 4, 2017

Training for new users consists of:

  • lab safety training,
  • operation of the instrument and associated software,
  • use of data analysis software,
  • exporting or presenting data,
  • clean up and shutdown of the instrumentation.

Facility Online Manager (FOM) (access and reservations)

Michael joined IALS as the founding director of the Human Testing Center having completed two postdoctoral fellowships - one in biomechanics and the other in physical activity monitoring. Michael has a wide range of research experience across many domains of human study including: biomechaics, motor control, exercise physiology, and physical activity and health. Michael holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Poetland, MS in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University, and a PhD in Biomechanics/Motor Control from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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Facility Staff

Michael BusaMichael Busa, PhD
(413) 577-0574


S360 Life Science Laboratories
University of Massachusetts Amherst
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003



We offer training to users to conduct experimentation for use on a fee for service basis to both internal and external researchers, academic or industry based. Following an initial consultation, covering experimental parameters training and access is arranged through the director, Michael Busa at

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