Facilities at NICHE
Human Intervention Studies Unit (HISU)
The HISU is dedicated primarily to the carrying out of nutritional intervention trials on human volunteers. Studies may range from strictly-controlled residential trials, featuring a range of metabolic measurements, to non-residential trials with periodic checks.
The unit features:
- A specially-designed residential suite with accommodation, in which up to 12 human volunteers may be accommodated for days or weeks at a time.
- A kitchen for preparation of duplicate meals.
The unit's state-of-the-art analytical facilities include:
- An exercise suite with BodPod, ergometer, treadmill, ergospirometer and bone densitometer.
- A gastrointestinal laboratory, with access to a category II laboratory for blood sampling and analysis.
Phlebotomy Course (approved by the National Association of Phlebotomists)
This two day course in adult venepuncture integrates academic learning with practical application. Following the course, trainees will have up to three months to complete 30 successful draws with periodic assessment before they become certified.
The Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC), a partner of NICHE, is based on the Altnagelvin Hospital campus and offers the unique opportunity for NICHE researchers to conduct active clinical research and trials. The locality has a stable and homogeneous population facilitating longitudinal and family based research studies.
NICHE is also involved in the management of the Wellcome Trust-Wolfson Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility in partnership with the Belfast HSC Trust, Queen's University Belfast and the Northern Ireland HSC R&D Division. This new facility enables NICHE researchers to interact directly with hospital patients as well as healthy volunteers, and is equipped with a range of state-of-the-art clinical equipment to further the development of clinical and translational research activity.