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Learn about the CRC’s Bionutrition Research services

Vanderbilt Nutrition and Diet Assessment Core; Metabolic Kitchen Core

The Research Nutrition Core assists study teams with nutritional aspects of research design, implementation, data collection, and analysis. The Scientific Director and the Research Dietitian are available to assist investigators with nutritional aspects of their protocol design. The Dietitian and Dietetic Technician develop and analyze research diets, provide study diet instruction to participants, and provide nutrition counseling. The Metabolic Kitchen staff are specially trained in research diet preparation techniques and possess unique skills not found among traditional foodservice staff. Quality control procedures are utilized to ensure adherence to protocol requirements and for department improvement.

A variety of nutrition services are available for investigators including:

  • Study design consults for protocols with a nutrition component
  • Research diet development using Nutrition Data System for Research or ProNutra software
  • Diet recalls, food records, and food frequencies
  • Research diet instruction
  • Research diets prepared by the Metabolic Kitchen
  • Inpatient food weigh back system using ProNutra/ProNessy software
  • Instruction for using the Nutrition Data System for Research software