Research Centers and Laboratories
Center for Interdisciplinary Health Research and Evaluation (CIHRE)
CIHRE serves as the College of Health Science’s interdisciplinary center of excellence for evaluation and training for the next generation of health researchers.
The Concussion Management Clinical Research Laboratory (CMCRL)
The Concussion Management Clinical Research Laboratory (CMCRL) occupies a 1,000 ft² space that is part of the UTEP Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic, located in the Campbell Building. Post-doctoral research fellows, student research assistants, and participating interdisciplinary faculty collect and analyze data related to cognitive-linguistic function, and demonstrate their expertise by providing information regarding signs and symptoms of concussion, management of post-concussion recovery, and legislation regarding concussion. The CMCRL has been involved with community outreach by providing information sessions to coaches, Athletic Trainers, school nurses, and parents of student athletes regarding concussion awareness. The CMCRL is currently conducting research projects related to sports-related concussions by utilizing cognitive testing instruments (ImPact™) and providing recommendations for safe return to play. The clinical research laboratory conducts baseline testing and post-concussion assessments to analyze a spectrum of cognitive functions in individuals before and after sustaining an injury. The clinical research laboratory is led by Dr. Bess Sirmon-Taylor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology.
The Dietary and Sensory Analysis Laboratory
The Dietary and Sensory Analysis Laboratory is located in a 100 ft2 space in the College of Health Sciences main building and contains desktop and portable computers used to collect and analyze dietary data using the ESHA II Food Analysis software system, NASCO food models, and other dietary assessment tools. Construction of a fully functional sensory analysis unit is planned for the near future.
The Experimental Foods Laboratory
The Experimental Foods Laboratory is located in a 392 ft2 space in the College of Health Sciences main building.
The Human Immunology and Nutrition Research Laboratory (HINRL)
The Human Immunology and Nutrition Research Laboratory (HINRL) is located in a 3,000 ft2 space in the College of Health Sciences main building. The bench laboratory is equipped for the collection, handling and processing of blood samples and is equipped to perform both clinical chemistry and immunochemistry.
The Kinesiology Fitness Research Facility
The Kinesiology Fitness Research Facility is located in a 2,000 ft2 space of the Ross Moore building. The facility is fully equipped to conduct fitness and strength and conditioning programs, as well as research protocols. It is also home to the Physical Fitness in the Golden Age program.
The Metabolism, Nutrition, & Exercise Research (MiNER) Laboratory
The Metabolism, Nutrition, & Exercise Research (MiNER) Laboratory is located in a 2,900 ft2 space in the College of Health Sciences main building. The MiNER Laboratory is comprised of eight independent rooms and a bench laboratory area facilitating a research capacity that spans from large population descriptive surveys to very complex molecular and endocrinological mechanisms of disease. This research space is highly conducive and supportive of the interdisciplinary collaborative culture of the College of Health Sciences.
The Motor Control and Virtual Reality Research Laboratory
The Motor Control and Virtual Reality Research Laboratory is located in a 1,000 ft2 space in the College’s Campbell Building. This laboratory, the first of its kind in the far west Texas/El Paso region, is dedicated to understanding the cognitive as well as neuromuscular factors involved in human movement by developing and applying experimental and computational methods. We are interested in examining both basic science and clinically relevant research questions in human movement, specifically in upper limb coordination, fine motor control, executive planning and human-computer interaction among healthy adults and populations with movement disorders.
The Nutrient Analysis Laboratory
The Nutrient Analysis Laboratory is located in a 392 ft2 space in the College of Health Sciences main building and is equipped for the analysis of macro- and micro-nutrient composition of food and biological samples.
The Rehabilitation Sciences Clinical Teaching Laboratory
The Rehabilitation Sciences Clinical Teaching Laboratory occupies a 3,000 ft2 space in the College’s Campbell Building. The laboratory is designed to provide job coaching and placement, and supports employment and vocational adjustment training in part through a partnership with Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services — Division of Rehabilitation Services. The laboratory provides practical on-the-job training through interaction with clients and direct contact with professionals in the field, integrating didactic preparation with actual practice.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic (SHC)
The Speech and Hearing Clinic (SHC) occupies 3,000 ft2 in the College’s Campbell Building. This clinic is equipped for research purposes, and also serves as a teaching clinic that provides quality diagnostic and therapy services in English and Spanish for UTEP students, faculty, staff and their families as well as for community members with communication disorders.
The Stanley E. Fulton Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Laboratory
The Stanley E. Fulton Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Laboratory is located in a 2,000 ft2 space in the Larry K. Durham Building, with four additional rooms for subject interviews and preparation. Studies conducted in the lab are dedicated to understanding biomechanical and neuromuscular factors involved in human movement through experimental and computational methods.
Interdisciplinary Research Network
Through the Interdisciplinary Network Manager, the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects has a particular interest in enhancing the collaborative research environment on the UTEP campus and supporting the effectiveness of interdisciplinary teams.