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Our facilities

Our modern clinical, research and analytical laboratories provide the perfect base to research and develop innovative health and exercise solutions for society. Our performance assessment laboratories help athletes gain the edge on their competitors.

Our sports facilities are spread across our scenic Stirling campus, including our main sports centre, a golf course, floodlit grass and artificial pitches and ten indoor and outdoortennis courts.

Performance assessment facilities

  • Active rehabilitation laboratory for biomechanical analysis
  • Performance assessment laboratory with state-of-the-art treadmill
  • A consultancy room for doctors and nutritionists
  • A pilates reformer space
  • Three treatment areas for physiotherapy

Clinical nursing facilities

Our nursing students use a mixture of teaching environments including dedicated teaching and skill-learning facilities.  Clinical placements are mainly taken around the NHS Forth Valley area.

Research facilities

Exercise intervention laboratory

For exercise training studies using stepping, cycle ergometry or treadmill walking exercise modes.

Body composition laboratory

With iDXA scanner, skinfold calipers, multi-frequency impedance analysis.

Muscle biopsy room

Area with hospital bed to enable collection of tissue samples or for prolonged resting in stable isotope tracer infusion studies.

Resistance exercise laboratory

To provide stimulus to examine skeletal muscle response to loading.

Exercise Physiology laboratory

Treadmill and cycle ergometry to provide stimulus to examine cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses to exercise using ECG and indirect calorimetry.

Neuromuscular function laboratory

With isokinetic dynamometer and surface electromyography including high density EMG, muscle stimulators and ultrasound and laser Doppler equipment for monitoring muscle architecture and blood flow responses to muscle.

Nutrition laboratory

Fully functioning kitchen to enable meal preparation for nutrition studies.

Cell culture laboratory

 Including two incubators, flow cabinet and microscopy.

Analytical laboratories

Two laboratories housing multiple pieces of equipment such as cryostat, automated clinical chemistry analyser, plate reader and washer, gel electrophoresis and quantitative imaging equipment for analysis of proteins, equipment for radioactive sample handling, liquid scintillation counter and qPCR.

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