Research

Human Performance Clinical/Research Lab (HPCRL)


The Human Performance Clinical/Research Laboratory (HPCRL) is a multidisciplinary biomedical and behavioral research center housed in the Department of Health and Exercise Science. The HPCRL, designated as a CSU Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence since 2008, supports the departmental mission to discover new knowledge through excellence in research in the areas of health and exercise science and to disseminate that knowledge through academic and outreach programs. The faculty and staff in the HPCRL deliver:

  1. Innovative research in human health and function with a focus on expanding the “healthspan”, that is, preserving quality of life and preventing disease for as long as possible.
  2. Impactful outreach programs such as the heart disease prevention program, which focuses on preventing heart disease in firefighters across the state of Colorado.
  3. Hands-on research training for graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral trainees.

The HPCRL provides a home for interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach efforts that address the etiology, prevention, intervention and treatment of major aging-related diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as degenerative conditions like stroke, frailty, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease that are associated with aging. Laboratory research crosses disciplinary, departmental and institutional boundaries with active research collaborations with eight departments at CSU spanning more than a dozen disciplines within the health and biomedical sciences. Many of the research projects rely on collaboration and medical supervision by cardiologists at the Heart Center of the Rockies, part of the University of Colorado Health System and led by Dr. Gary Luckasen, Medical Director of Research.

The HPCRL provides specialized laboratories and state of the art scientific equipment to support research mentoring of undergraduate and master’s students, as well as doctoral students in the Human Bioenergetics Ph.D. program. The original HPCRL facility, which opened in May 2000, contained 6200 gsf of research and clinical outreach space. In July 2008 an addition of 1100 gsf of wet lab space was added; and, a new 4000 gsf research addition opened in January 2010.

On November 14, 2016, ground was broken on an expansion to add almost 4500 sf of new research space scheduled to be completed late summer 2017. The $2.5 million expansion will be constructed on the building’s south side and will result in a new entryway, offices, conference room, three clinical labs, a Neurophysiology and Rehabilitation Lab, a Clinical Biomechanics Lab and a Physical Activity for Treatment and Prevention Lab.

Naming opportunities for new labs and other spaces in the HPCRL will also be available, adding to the numerous private gifts that have fueled the facility’s growth to date. In particular, there is a high priority to name a portion of the space for the late Dr. Gay Israel, who served as HES department head for 18 years. As department head Barry Braun stated at the groundbreaking ceremony: "Today we are kicking off a fundraising campaign to support this expansion, and one of the big goals is to name a prominent part of it for Gay. We want to make sure to keep Gay's vision, leadership and determination front and center."

Interested donors to learn more through a visit or to make a gift online at www.advancing.colostate.edu/HPCRL.