University of Nebraska Medical Center

Wellness Innovation Clinical Research Lab

DXA in the new lab

The 3,000-square-feet remodeled laboratory is located on the lower level of the Student Life Center and will be open for use to researchers from colleges and institutes across UNMC.

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The lab provides researchers with the capacity to conduct imaging, biomechanical, metabolic, and nutritional assessments in conducting innovative, team-based clinical research aimed at the primary prevention of chronic diseases, as well as secondary prevention to improve the quality of life in managing these diseases using nutrition and physical activity interventions.

The Wellness Innovation Clinical Research Lab at UNMC has multiple resources for assessment of mobility and body composition.


  • Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) has the capacity to measure bone density and fat/lean mass.

Metabolic/Aerobic Fitness Assessment

  • Cardiorespiratory capacity testing with treadmill-based system (TrackMaster 428CP)
  • ParvoMedics TrueOne 2400 metabolic measurement system
  • WelchAllyn Q-Stress Cardiac Stress Electrocardiogram system

Biomechanics Assessment of Movement

  • Motion capture system
  • Embedded force platforms
  • Eelectromyography analysis system
  • Portable balance/gait analysis device

Muscle Strength and Function Assessment

Isokinetic muscle testing

  • Maximum concentric and eccentric muscle force generation
  • Applicable to extremity strength testing

Functional muscle testing

  • Example to the left is the timed chair stand test
  • Source: Scientific Reports (Sci Rep) ISSN 2045-2322 (online)