The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Room Calorimeter

Room Calorimeter


COVID-19 Status

  • In person Human subject experiments = full stop.
  • Virtual meetings/consultations = by appointment.
  • Equipment use: limited availability, contact facility for review/determination.

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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 Center for Human Health and Performance, 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
      • Exercise Configuration
      Campus Users Other Academic Institutions Industry Unit
    Small Room
    (2 hour minimum)
    $30 $48 $63 hour
    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.

    FY21 Specialized Service Center Approved Fees



    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)