The primary mission of the Frances A. Johnston and Charlotte M. Young Human Metabolic Research Unit (HMRU) is to provide an infrastructure for investigators in the Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) who conduct Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research involving human participants. The HMRU is also a resource for DNS didactic teaching.

Administrative Structure

The HMRU is a shared resource for nutrition research and education in the DNS and is administered through the office of the DNS Director. All research conducted in the HMRU is approved by Cornell University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and subject to various HMRU policies and standard operating procedures, see below. Any faculty member acting as the Principal Investigator or the supervising faculty member of any project being conducted in the HMRU is responsible for all aspects of the scientific conduct of the project.

Inquiries about the HMRU should be sent to DNS Director.

Areas of Research

The HMRU is a 3,829 square foot research facility with specialized laboratories and facilities to support comprehensive nutrition and metabolism research on human subjects. The HMRU supports many facets of research in the nutritional sciences, including human metabolism, dietetics, and clinical chemistry, as well as studies involving human performance and assessment of body composition and bone mass.

Use of HMRU Facilities

Investigators interested in using HMRU facilities should fill out the Intake Form. Please contact Erica Bender CNM, NP-Ob/Gyn, eb572@cornell.edu, 607-255-9417, if you have any questions or concerns.