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Center for Health Research

The Center for Health Research (CHR) is a full-service research facility available to all School of Public Health and Health Professions faculty conducting externally funded studies.

The CHR includes:

  • A reception room/waiting area
  • Six interview rooms, four of which are ventilated to accommodate smoking cessation research
  • Two multi-purpose rooms
  • A meeting/kitchen area
  • A phlebotomy room

Featured Departmental Facilities

Each department within the School of Public Health and Health Professions has its own discipline-specific research facilities as well as access to shared resources.

Biological Specimen Bank

This facility houses specimens collected as part of the department’s epidemiological studies and clinical trials. The specimens are stored either in -80°C freezers and in cryogenic containers, or immersed in liquid nitrogen (-196 °C). A complex, secure computerized mapping system tracks the specimens and a sophisticated back-up system maintains integrity. The EEH specimen bank currently houses about 700,000 samples from approximately 20,000 participants.

Contact Jo L. Freudenheim, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor for more information at jfreuden@buffalo.edu or 716-829-5375.

Biomechanics of Human Movement Laboratory

The Biomechanics of Human Movement Laboratory is a 2,000-square-foot facility that serves as the cornerstone for applied biomechanical research and for undergraduate teaching within the department. The main research focus within the lab is on osteoarthritis, one of the most prevalent rheumatic diseases, and the leading cause of functional disability.

Emergency Responder Human Performance Lab

The Emergency Responder Human Performance Lab (ERHPL) is dedicated to promoting the health and safety of emergency responders through research, education and application.

We aim to develop and improve national guidelines and operational practices. Specifically, we seek to improve performance and safety during firefighting, hazardous material incidents and emergencies resulting from chemical, biological and radiological agents. We do this by improving knowledge and understanding of the physiological stresses that accompany work in various forms of personal protective equipment.

Graduate Computer Laboratory for Biostatistics

Our computing laboratory, located in 113 Kimball Tower, is open to all biostatistics graduate students 24-hours a day. The lab has PC machines with direct access to LINUX clusters and with software packages including R, Maple, Mathematica, S-Plus, SAS and Latex.

Nutrition & Health Research Laboratory

The Nutrition & Health Research Laboratory studies the influence of food and food additives on ingestive behavior in humans, and the factors that influence adults’ motivation to obtain food. Jennifer L. Temple, PhD, principal investigator and assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences, is conducting NIH-funded research in the lab on the influence of caffeine administration on physiological, mood and psychological responses in adolescents.

Rehabilitation Physiology Lab

The Rehabilitation Physiology Lab conducts research on a wide range of individuals, from healthy people, the elderly and those with different physical disabilities. Recent extramurally funded studies have included the quantitative assessment of physiological function and functional performance and the effects of specific exercise interventions on the elderly and patients with juvenile arthritis, osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis and post-polio syndrome. Students from the University at Buffalo, as well as other universities, frequently participate in internships, fellowships and graduate work in the Rehab Physiology Lab.

Contact Nadine M. Fisher, EdD, lab director, for more information.