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The Clinical Research Center's bionutrition unit includes a metabolic kitchen that is staffed from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, 7 days per week. The unit offers expertise and resources to study various diets and specific nutrients in a unique, controlled environment. 

The staff consists of a research dietitian, a dietary research supervisor, and research diet technicians. The dietary staff is experienced in preparing fixed-composition diets. The research dietitian designs diets and menus to meet specifications of various research protocols. The research staff use state-of-the-art nutritional analysis software to plan precise diets or analyze the nutrient intake of subjects.

All diets, menus and food records are analyzed by the Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR), the premier software application for dietary analysis of 24-hour dietary recalls and 3-day food intake records. It provides detailed information on everything from calories to trace mineral, individual amino acid, and fatty acid content of foods.

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