Nutrition and Exercise Clinical Research Center
Dietary approaches to prevent and manage body weight are mostly unsuccessful, in
large part because they fail to address issues associated with hunger and satiety, which
often sabotage diet compliance. And with more than 60% of the U.S. population overweight and 30% obese, medical professionals are seeking more information on how
appetite and exercise interact to influence food choice, metabolism and energy balance.
That means it’s good timing for the launch of Purdue’s Nutrition and Exercise
Clinical Research Center, which opened in fall 2013. Housed in Stone Hall in the
former HTM Café location, the facility offers space for exercise testing and interventions, large-scale diet preparation, dining facilities, private clinic testing and biological
sample processing. The facility houses:
» bionutrition services;
» bone, muscle and body composition assessment;
» outpatient clinical health, energy expenditure and function assessment services; and
» exercise testing and training facilities and equipment; interviewing, counseling and
health motivation services.
The physical footprint of the center also provides new opportunities for the bionutrition core of the NIH-supported Clinical Translation Science Institute (CTSI ) and the
Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC ).
Ultimately, nutrition science administrators hope the center will provide Purdue,
Indiana and the nation with multidisciplinary, scholarly, translational research focused on
how to effectively use diet and exercise as tools to enhance human function and health.
Purdue, GE to Partner on
GE Global Research will invest up to $10 million in a five-year partnership with
Purdue focused on research and development in advanced manufacturing.
The GE/Purdue Partnership in Research and Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing (GE/Purdue PRIAM) will push a new era in manufacturing, promoting technologies that enable the digitization, decentralization and democratization of manufacturing to lower cost, improve speed and drive innovation.
Along with new technology development, GE/Purdue PRIAM will provide educational and engagement opportunities for Purdue students and GE employees to help
ensure future manufacturing workforce needs are addressed.
“This collaboration opens the way for Purdue and GE to move manufacturing far
into the future,” says Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “As we do that, we’ll be giving
our students the chance to be a part of this transformation, preparing them for careers
on that new frontier.”
Mark Little, GE senior vice president and chief technology officer, adds, “In today’s
global economy, manufacturing competitiveness starts with having the best technol-
ogy and people to innovate, design and produce world-class products at the right cost
and scale for our customers.”
Wayne Campbell, professor of nutrition science, directs the
CTSI Clinical Research Center and the Bionutrition Services
facility at Purdue, which are part of the new Nutrition and
Exercise Clinical Research Center housed in Stone Hall.
Vice Provost for
Alyssa Panitch, the Leslie A. Geddes
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been named vice provost for
faculty affairs, effective Jan. 1.
In her new
direction for a
wide array of
cation and faculty development. She
also will oversee faculty hiring initia-
tives and faculty success and retention
efforts, and she will be responsible for
faculty policies, including grievances,
conflict of interest and commitment,
and promotion and tenure. Panitch
will report directly to Deba Dutta,
provost and executive vice president
for academic affairs.
Panitch came to Purdue in 2006.
Her research focuses on designing
biomimetic and synthetic materials for
drug delivery and regenerative medicine. She has launched three successful startup companies and was the
first faculty entrepreneur-in-residence
at Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan
Center for Entrepreneurship.
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