The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Center for Human Health and Performance

Center for Human Health and Performance

Announcements

COVID-19 Status

  • In person Human subject experiments = Partial: in accordance with UMass VCRE policy.
  • Virtual meetings/consultations = by appointment.
  • Equipment use: limited availability, contact facility for review/determination.

COVID-19 Addendum to Standard Operating Procedures (pdf)
Please check the UMass Core Facilities COVID-19 Related Operational Status page for details.


The Mission of the Center for Human Health & Performance (CH2P) is to provide world class resources to facilitate basic and translational research in physiological, biomechanical, and behavioral mechanisms of human health and performance.

Health

Exercise Intervention & Outcomes

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
 

Evaluate

Human Motion

Designed and equipped for assessment of human movement (with and without robotic assistance) and the evaluation of wearable technologies that aim to quantify human motion. The Human Motion Lab is a large open space (38’ x 20’) with a 10’ ceiling and is located within the Center for Human Health and Performance. Having the Human Motion Lab located within the Center for Human Health and Performance allows us to conduct a wide variety of studies evaluating the effects and interactions of human motion with behavior, sleep, aerobic fitness, strength, body composition and muscle function.

 

Investigate

Living Science

A unique home-like setting where researchers are able to investigate human behavior for prolonged periods.

Measurements gathered from the instrumentation allow researchers to gain the information necessary for the calibration and/or validation of wearable activity monitors. Data generated can serve many research study designs, ranging from the development of the next generation of wearable and embedded monitoring devices to basic studies looking to objectively evaluate how individuals spend time in a natural setting.

 

Assessment

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.

 

Participant Examination/Evaluation

Bone Densitometry/Body Composition

Exercise Testing

Exercise Training

Living Science

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
  • Exercise Configuration

 

  • Qualysys Oqus Infrared Motion Capture System

    • Qualisys Track Manager (QTM)
      • Allows for the collection of multiple integrated motion capture streams
      • Matlab quick connect allows you to stream QTM data into Matlab for enhanced data acquisition capacity
    • (8) Qualisys Oqus 7+ (infrared only)
      • 12MP @ 300 frames/second full, field of view
      • 3MP @ 1,100 frames/second, field of view
      • Motorized Lens Control
    • (1) Qualisys Oqus 510 (infrared & video)
      • 4 MP @ 180 frames/second
      • 1 MP @ 360 frames/second
      • High Speed Video

    qualisys.com

  • AMTI Force Platforms

    • (2) 600mm x 600mm (BP600600-1000)
    • (1) 1200mm x 600mm (BP1200600 -1000)
    • (3) GEN 5: six-channel amplifier
      • 2.5, 5.0 and 10.0V range
      • 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000Av
      • 10-2000 Hz operating range

    amti.biz

  • C-Motion Visual 3D Data Analysis (Motion, Force, EMG)

    Integrated analysis, custom modeling and reporting.

    c-motion.com

  • Delsys Trigno EMG/IMU System

    • 16 sensor system - all sensory 1926 Hz (2hHz nominal) EMG
      • 8 – with triaxial accelerometer accelerometer
      • 8 – with 9 degree-of-freediom inertial sensor (3D Accelerometer, 3D Gyro-scope, 3D Magnotmeter)

    delsys.com

  • KUKA LBR iiwa 14-R820 Robot Arm

    • 820mm reach, 14kg payload
    • +/- 0.15mm of position repeatability
    • IP 54 Precision
    • 7 controlled axes of motion
    • Interactive touch control of the robot, allowing sensitive, intuitive control of movement

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      Campus Users Other Academic
    Institutions
    Industry Unit
    Exercise Training $5 $8 $9 hour
    Exam Rooms $9 $14 $15 hour
    Testing Room $14 $22 $24 hour
    iDXA $50 $80 $190 scan1
    Oxycon $16 $26 $28 hour
    Oroboros $12 $19 $21 hour
    Motion Capture $35 $65 $70 hour
    Kuka $15 $25 $30 hour
    Lab (Apartment) Use $10 $16 $17 hour
    Cardiometabolic Testing $14 $25 $30 hour
    Activity Monitor Shaker $5 $10 $12 hour
    Actigraph Link $8 $13 $14 day
    Actigraph GT3X BTLE $7 $11 $12 day
    ActivPal $7 $11 $12 day
    Small Room Calorimeter
    (2 hour minimum)
    $30 $48 $63 hour
    Large Room Calorimeter $300 $400 $500 day
    Technical Support Junior $40 $70 $85 hour
    Technical Support Senior $70 $115 $125 hour
    Technical Support Director $100 $160 $175 hour

    1includes having a certified technician perform the scan and appropriate medical oversight.

    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.

    FY21 Specialized Service Center Approved Fees

    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.

    FY21 Specialized Service Center Approved Fees

    Updated January 2021

    Exercise Intervention & Outcomes: 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.

    Human Motion: Designed and equipped for assessment of human movement (with and without robotic assistance) and the evaluation of wearable technologies that aim to quantify human motion. The Human Motion Lab is a large open space (38’ x 20’) with a 10’ ceiling and is located within the Human Testing Center. Having the Human Motion Lab located within the Human Testing Center allows us to conduct a wide variety of studies evaluating the effects and interactions of human motion with behavior, sleep, aerobic fitness, strength, body composition and muscle function.

    Living Science Core: A unique home-like setting where researchers are able to investigate human behavior for prolonged periods. Measurements gathered from the instrumentation allow researchers to gain the information necessary for the calibration and/or validation of wearable activity monitors. Data generated can serve many research study designs, ranging from the development of the next generation of wearable and embedded monitoring devices to basic studies looking to objectively evaluate how individuals spend time in a natural setting.

    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.

    CH2P Lobby Human Motion Core Exam Room 1 - Blood Draw / Biopsy Exercise Training Exercise Testing Exam Room 2 / iDXA Calorimeters Chamber 1 Kitchen Dining/Living Space Sleep Monitoring Bedroom Bedroom Bedroom Sleep Monitoring Lab mHealth Core