March 28, 2021
UH Research & Education Update | March 2021
By William Bauza, Manager, Center for Clinical Research
Did you know the Clinical Research Center Dahms Clinical Research Unit (DCRU) has a Bionutrition Research Core (BRC)? Under the direction of Grace McComsey, MD, the BRC has a call-center for collecting dietary intake using research quality, gold-standard nutrition software (NDSR), a body-composition suite that includes a research-dedicated DXA machine (Hologic Horizon A model), and a metabolic weighing station reserved solely for weighing and measuring research meals and components. The BRC team consists of 4 full-time employees, including a registered dietitian who is available for inpatient and out-patient needs, and on-site or remote data collection. With almost 110 years of collective experience in clinical nutrition research, the BRC team has an impeccable track record of accurate and complete data collection.
The BRC team offers the following services:
- Dietary assessment and methodology
- Assistance in protocol development and manuscript preparation
- Weight management and lifestyle coaching for intervention studies
- Body composition assessment using DXA or skinfold thickness methodology (including neonates)
- Body composition assessment and methodology training for research teams
These nutrition-related resources and services available through the DCRU and the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC), a collaborative research effort among Case Western Reserve University and its community hospitals, are truly one-of-a-kind in the area and also align with the NIH nutrition research’s strategic plan.