The anatomy research space is a purpose built laboratory designed by Dr. Denis Barry to primarily accommodate neuroscience and anatomic research studies. It includes three work benches and two office spaces with ample storage and shelving areas. The laboratory’s generous work space can host up to four researchers. The growing list of experimental facilities include centrifuge, laminar flow cabinet, Brunel video light microscope, gel preparation and electrophoresis rigs, tissue chopper, dissection microscope, chemical cabinet, shaker, stirrers, sinks, pipettes, fridges and freezers, dedicated computers and mobile TRILUX Aurinio LED examination lights. Experimental procedures ongoing within the laboratory include tissue preparation, microdissection, cell culture preparation, immunochemistry, protein measurement, bright field imaging and image analysis. An adjoining reading and meeting room is capable of accommodating four researchers and staff.
The Discipline of Anatomy’s Human Performance Laboratory - Our research reflects our on-going interest in sports performance and the health related issues of athletes, teams, and physically active populations, and more recently to the relationship of physical activity level and exercise with chronic disease and injury surveillance in sports. Human performance laboratory research projects (8-12 per year) mainly support the primary research interests of each cohort of post-graduate students of the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine and their supervisors (Dr Nick Mahony and Dr Neil Fleming). Recent projects have examined activity levels in collegiate athletes and low energy availability, lower leg exercise and glucose control, and we have also undertaken systematic reviews on the effects of resistance training in those undergoing cancer treatment and the effects of resistance exercise in type 2 diabetes.