The Epidemiology Clinical Research Center (ECRC) is designed to study human subjects in a clinical research setting. It is devoted to the highest quality science and to research relevant to the health of the public. Central to its mission is the respect and protection of experimental subjects by ECRC trained professional staff. This facility was developed to meet the diverse needs and projects of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, and its colleagues throughout the Academic Health Center. It is operated collaboratively to accommodate a regular turnover of projects and principal investigators.
Since 2000, the center has become home to an array of studies with more than 500 participant visits per month. The studies housed at the ECRC work to conduct groundbreaking research on cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, late onset hypogonadism, vulvodynia, sleep disorders, obesity and symptoms of aging including cognitive decline. In addition to participant examination and interview rooms, ECRC space is utilized to perform a number of measurements which include electrocardiograms, blood pressure, cognitive testing, pulmonary function, carotid ultrasounds, echocardiograms, bone densitometry, treadmill testing, strength testing, retinal photography, anthropometry and diet/exercise evaluations. The ECRC has a laboratory and draw room where blood samples are collected, processed and stored for future testing or sent to specialized laboratories. Some population based research studies at the ECRC have followed participants for over 25 years.