The Metabolic Research Unit occupies the 3rd and 4th floors of the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center. The lower floor features a central living area, volunteer suites, large Metabolic Kitchen and Nutrition Support, the Energy Metabolism Unit, Exercise Laboratory as well as dedicated Research Support Facilities for conducting observations, interviews and other clinical procedures. The upper floor contains the Body Composition Unit and additional behavior observation rooms.
Benefits to Investigators and Collaborations
The MRU’s unique setting enables investigators to study the nutritional needs of pregnant women, mothers, adolescents, young children, and infants in a relaxed setting for volunteers. The MRU combines this setting with an integral array of state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to create a controlled environment for obtaining precise measurements.