Research Nursing Services

Full Services

Nursing support:

  • Standard card and specialized procedures/monitoring (e.g. arterial line placement, hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp, muscle and adipose tissue biopsies, endoscopy, lumbar puncture, bronchoscopy)

Body composition analyses in adults and infants:

  • Fat mass
  • Fat-free mass
  • Abdominal fat
  • Bone mineral density

Metabolic kitchen:

  • Precision diets (inpatient and packed-out meals)
  • Diet analyses

Lifestyle therapy and weight loss intervention:

  • Behavior modification
  • Nutrition education
  • Exercise training

Support Services

Neuromuscular and physical function testing:

  • Strength
  • VO2 peak
  • Cardiac stress
  • Electromyography and nerve conduction
  • Global physical performance

Vascular testing:

  • Vascular compliance
  • Arterial stiffness
  • Endothelial function
  • Carotid artery intima media thickness

Sleep studies:

Gastrointestinal studies:

  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy

Brown adipose tissue studies:

  • Cold suit and temperature controlled room

Regulatory Services

  • Research Nurse Coordinators and Data Managers for-hire (either hourly or based on % FTE).  The CTRU currently has eight Clinical Research Coordinators who are RNs (3 ACRP certified) and three Research Patient Coordinators, providing study coordination from pre-site to close-out visit. For more information regarding the coordinators for-hire, please contact Teresa Arb at 314.747.1217 or


Specialized equipment:

  • DXA
  • BodPod
  • PeaPod
  • Treadmills
  • Cycle ergometers
  • Elliptical machines
  • Free weights
  • Weight machines
  • Activity monitors
  • Smart scales
  • Metabolic carts
  • Continuous glucose monitors
  • Endoscopes
  • Cold suit
  • Phillips Epiq7 ultrasound
  • SphygmoCor system
  • EndoPat 2000
  • EMG
  • Aurora Permeabilized Fiber system
  • Luminex