Clinical trials have access to a fully equipped Orthopedic Gait Lab, able to perform pressure platform and three-dimensional gait analysis, as well as dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans for body composition measures.
3-D kinematics shown on a greyhound (above left). Pressure platform TEKSCAN (above right).
Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) (above and image to right) provides the most thorough technique to noninvasively measure patient change in bone and fat content following nutritional or orthopedic interventions.
Intraoperative use of the C-arm fluoroscopy unit (above left) and images (above right)
Endoscopy, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, ultrasound
Endoscopy for a gastrointestinal study (left); Arthroscopy (above right) in an orthopedic study
The Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) has served the community for more than a century. Clinical trials performed here have access to the most advanced, full-service referral care center for large and small animals in Minnesota. The VMC, which sees nearly 40,000 cases annually, has specialists available in all areas of medicine and surgery. Over 50 of the veterinarians on staff have undergone several years of additional training to become Board Certified Specialists in a particular area of veterinary medicine.
Research Animal Facilities
Our AAALAC accredited research animal facilities are overseen by the University of Minnesota Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, which is administered by the Office of Research Subjects Protection Programs. Special care housing exists for a multitude of veterinary and biomedical applications.
The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) promotes animal and human health through early detection and monitoring of animal diseases. The VDL is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians as a full service diagnostic laboratory for all animal species. The Laboratory is the official laboratory of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and its services assist in official disease monitoring and control programs including health certification for interstate and international commerce.
Part of the Masonic Cancer Center, the Flow Cytometry facility provides services in routine and advanced tasks including immunophenotyping, reticulocyte enumeration, DNA analysis and absolute counting. Capable of analyzing and sorting cells tagged with four different fluorochromes.
The mission of the BMGC is to promote genomics and proteomics research at the University of Minnesota and in the community. Facilities and services include DNA sequencing and analysis, genotyping, microarray and RNAi core.
A unit of the Academic Health Center, Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics offers state-of-the-art GMP/GTP compliant, full-service development and manufacturing of cell- and tissue-based products, monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutic proteins, as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients, for use in Phase I, II or III clinical trials.