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Room Calorimeter

Room Calorimeter

One of only 26 such facilities worldwide, the UMass Room Calorimeter houses two whole room metabolic chambers.

The two chambers in Room Calorimeter differ in their capabilities. The smaller (92” x 48”) ‘flex’ chamber can be configured in either a low or high flow setting for the assessment of both resting or exercising metabolism.

The large calorimeter (160” x 131”) is configured for long duration stays during which individuals can receive meals or medications through pass through ports. This chamber houses a toilet, sink, bed, desk, TV (w/ Apple TV), Lode Valiant 2 Treadmill, and a two camera observational video system which allows researchers to encode the video with behavior data to gain in-depth understanding of the interactions between behavior and metabolic cost.

The Room Calorimeter core also has access to the kitchen, in the Human Testing Center, allowing researchers to prepare 'metabolic meals'. The ability to tailor diet during time in the chamber allows researchers to investigate the effects of macro nutrient make-up or energy balance on whole-body energy metabolism.

    • Large Calorimeter
      • Metabolic Assessment
      • Lode Valiant 2 Treadmill (w/ controller and data capture integration)
      • Television
      • Toilet
      • Bed
      • Desk
      • Noldus Viso – video observation system
      • Data integration ports (USB, RS-232)
    • ‘Flex’ Calorimeter
      • Dual Configuration – Rest or Exercise
      • Data integration ports (USB, RS-232)
      • Blood Port – for collection of blood while participants are in the chamber
      • Television
      • Push-to-Talk Communication System
      • Rest Configuration
        • Hill-Rom Bariatric Hospital Mattress
      • Exercise Configuration
        • High airflow setting
        • Velotron Bicycle Ergometer (w/ controller and data capture integration)
      Campus Users Other Academic Institutions Industry Unit
    Small Room
    (2 hour minimum)
    $30 $48 $63 hour
    $250 $400 $500 day
    Large Room $250 $400 $500 day
    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.
    Updated October 4, 2017
    Services

    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.
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaelbusa/

    Facility Staff

    Michael BusaMichael Busa, Director
    mbusa@umass.edu
    (413) 577-0574

    Location

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

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