Open for Research

A new facility on the Texas A&M campus is a university-wide resource for research in nutrition, aging, performance, health and well-being. 

On April 11, U.S. Representative Bill Flores '76 and Texas A&M President Michael Young were among the many individuals who attended the grand opening celebration for the Human Clinical Research Facility (HCRF). 

The 21,518 square foot facility houses both the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL) and the Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab (ESNL). The facility hopes to house other research partners soon. 

“Developing this facility will not only enhance our ability to research exercise, nutrition, metabolism, performance, rehabilitation and aging, it will also help move the university in a new direction for years to come,” added Dr. Rick Kreider, the executive director of the facility. 

Representative Bill Flores learns about the facility from research scientist Dr. John Thaden.Developed in 2006, CTRAL engages in research on nutrition, exercise and metabolism in relation to aging, and the common diseases of our aging population. ESNL was founded in 1997 and focuses on researching the role of exercise and nutrition on health, disease, rehabilitation and performance. 

“What’s being done with this facility follows as closely as you can get to the land grant mission of Texas A&M University,” explained Rep. Flores. “This commitment not only improves Texas A&M, it also improves opportunities and life here in the Brazos Valley, all across Texas, the nation and the world.”

After the ceremony, visitors went on guided tours of the facility and watched demonstrations from graduate students and research staff. Tours featured the labs and clinical spaces, including the exercise training and rehabilitation area and a clinical research unit consisting of a 12-bed overnight stay unit for human clinical trials and a metabolic kitchen for nutritional studies. 

“The investments we make in buildings such as this are investments going forward. They are critical to tier 1 universities like Texas A&M,” said President Michael K. Young. “The collaboration among the colleges, researchers and students will produce knowledge that will benefit people around the world. Such a facility as this is central to all we do.”