The Metabolic Research Unit (MRU) occupies two of the Center's 11 floors and provides a comfortable "home-away-from-home" atmosphere for research volunteers participating in either short- or long-term clinical nutrition studies.
The unit features a central living area, nine single rooms, two family suites and a recreation room. This setting allows investigators to study the nutritional needs of pregnant women, mothers, adolescents, young children and infants in a controlled environment, and obtain precise study measurements.
An adjacent modern dietary kitchen is available for the preparation of foods for "live-in" and "live-at-home" study participants. This specialized kitchen ensures precise conditions during food preparation so that researchers can later determine the nutrients consumed by research volunteers.