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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Metabolic Research Unit
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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.


Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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