The following nutrition resources are available to investigators:
|DXA (Body Composition assessment by Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry)|
|BIA (Bioelectrical impedance analysis)|
|Nutrient Intake Collection and Analysis|
|Nutrition Counseling and Education|
|Metabolic Kitchen/Research Diets|
Nutrition is an integrative field that does not belong to any specific discipline or specialty, but rather it interfaces with many areas of medicine, biochemistry, and physiology. The Nutrition core is an important component of the CTSI as it covers the spectrum from molecular science (the role of nutrition in regulation of gene expression) to public policy (Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Healthy People 2010 Objectives). The Nutrition core will provide specialized research resources and services to CTSI investigators beginning with the planning and development of research protocols through to the execution and achievement of research objectives.
Inpatient, outpatient, community facilities, and personnel create an experienced and specialized core that provides expert nutrition services. Skilled research dietitians work with investigators to plan and implement protocols, and collect, interpret and publish data for studies that require metabolic and nutritional considerations. As the expert in nutritional science, the dietitian ensures that investigators incorporate innovative therapies and state-of-the-art methodologies into research projects. They are also uniquely trained to plan nutrition programs and promote public health in the community.
Nutrition services are available for community-based studies. Study requirements and logistics should be discussed with the Nutrition Core director at the specific UCLA-CTSI site(s).