The Human Nutrition Unit
The Human Nutrition Unit (HNU) facilitates the conduct of nutrition intervention studies in a professional and friendly environment.
Lead scientist: Linda Harvey
Studies are coordinated safely and efficiently in accordance with ICH-GCP (International Conference on Harmonisation – Good Clinical Practice), the Human Tissue Act 2004, and ISO9001.
The HNU has a variable complement of registered general nurses coordinated by a full time senior research nurse. Advice on clinical procedures and data is provided by the HNU medical advisor (a local GP).
The HNU has the following facilities:
- A medical room with facilities for phlebotomy, cannulation and other clinical procedures.
- A comfortable lounge with TV and DVD facilities.
- A dining area for providing study specific test meals, light refreshments for participants, or breakfast following overnight fasts.
- A diet kitchen for the preparation of meals.
- Food storage facilities including a dry food store, a -40°C walk-in freezer, and a range of -20°C freezers and fridges.
- A laboratory (with centrifuges) for the immediate processing of biological samples.
- 5 interview rooms with associated anthropometry equipment.
The following services are available
- Advice on study design, protocol development, and submission to research governance and ethics committees
- Clinical procedures e.g. phlebotomy, cannulations, vaccinations and intravenous administration
- Training in all study related issues
- Statistical support via the IFR Analytical Sciences Unit
- Assistance with recruitment