For more information about any Biodemography Laboratory services, please contact:
Eleanor Brindle, Biodemography Core Director & Research Scientist
Dr. Kathleen O'Connor, Lab Director & Professor, Anthropology
Our lab provides training, assaying and consulting services for the assays listed in the table in the Methods section of this website. In addition, the lab is equipped to carry out most commercially available immunoassay kits, and is continuously adopting more assays. We are happy to answer inquiries about assays for additional markers not yet on our list.
The Biodemography Core offers consulting in biomarker research feasibility, biomarker choice, and specimen collection protocols, and can offer support for grant proposals and budget preparation. See the Contract Work page of this website for a list of prior consultations and publications resulting from consultations. For more information about our consulting services, see the Biodemography Core page on the CSDE website or contact Eleanor Brindle.
BioA 455: Reproductive Ecology Laboratory Seminar
Introduction to the theory and methods of laboratory-based research in reproductive ecology. Covers lab methods for reproductive hormone assays, and their application in anthropological, biodemographic, and epidemiological research.
For more information about this course, contact Dr. Kathleen O'Connor (email@example.com).
The E1G.Predict program adjusts urinary E1G concentrations for non-parallelism exhibited by the 3F11 E1G enzyme immunoassay. See O'Connor et al., 2004 for details on this method.
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The Biodemography Lab houses equipment purchased with funding from the UW Student Technology Fee (STF) committee that is available for students to use in their research. Training in proper use of the instruments is provided by CSDE staff, and the equipment may be checked out for use in the field. Some of the instruments require consumable supplies that students using the equipment would need to purchase. For a complete list of equipment available for check out, please refer to the list below.
Is there something missing from this list? If you have a need for other equipment to measure biomarkers for your research, let us know! We would be glad to consider it in our next STF funding proposal. Please email your wish list to Ellie Brindle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BioRad in2it HbA1c analyzers (2)
Designed for quick measurement of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c, an indicator of diabetes risk) using blood collected from a finger prick. This instrument is portable, but best suited to use in an indoor field research setting with electricity, such as an office or community center.
Bayer A1cNow handheld HbA1c analyzers (2)
Hand-held device designed for quick measuremnet of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c, an indicator of diabetes risk) using blood collected from a finger prick. This instrument is very portable, small and rugged enough to transport to a remote field site in a backpack, and operates on battery power.
Cholestech LDX multi-function analyzers (2)
Uses blood collected from a finger prick to measure a complete lipid profile (HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerids, etc.), C-reactive protein, and glucose, all of which are associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and/or metabolic syndrome risk, as well as ALT and AST, indicators of liver function, which may be affected by medications used to treat these illnesses. This instrument is portable, and best suited to use in an indoor field research setting with electricity, such as an office or community center.
CardioChek PA multi-function blood analyzers (2)
Hand-held device designed to quickly test cholesterol (including HDL and LDL subtypes), lipids, and other markers of cardiovascular disease using a small amount of blood collected from a finger prick. This instrument is very portable, small and rugged enough to transport to a remote field site in a backpack, and operates on battery power.
Omron Ultra BP monitor (2)
Portable sphygomamanometer that automatically measures blood pressure. It is supplied with multiple cuff sizes, allowing measurement of all sizes, from a child to a very large adult. This instrument can operate on battery power, and takes readings automatically, with warning
features to alert less-experienced users to flaws in the readings that can be caused by excessive movement, etc.
Polar RS800CX recording heart rate monitors (4)
These consist of a chest strap that transmits heart rate data to a watch-like wrist band. They can be worn by research subjects continuously, and then transmit the data to a computer via an infra-red USB interface. The manufacturer provides the software needed to use the transmitted data.
HemoCue Hb 201 Hemoglobin analyzers (2)
Used to measure hemoglobin (an indicator of anemia, associated with iron deficiency or illness) using blood collected from a finger prick. This model is very portable, can be used in areas without electricity, and is suitable for use in the clinic or field. Hemoglobin measurement can be important in studies of nutrition and both infectious and non-infectious diseases.
Hemocue white blood cell count analyzer (2)
Measures white blood cell (WBC) count, an indicator of immune function, quickly using a small drop of blood collected from a finger prick.
- Tanita BF-522W body fat analyzer/scales (2)
Measures weight, and also measures body composition using a method known as bioelectrical impedance, in which a small electric current is passed from the instrument, through the body and back to the instrument. Impedence of the electrical current's trip through the body varies by body composition, and so can be used to calculate the percent body fat. The current is harmless, and the research subject can't feel it.
The instrument looks like a bathroom scale. This particular model of body fat analyzer/scale is much smaller and lighter than most (about 4.5 pounds), and operates on battery power.
- Large anthropometers (2)
Used to precisely measure dimensions of body size including long bone length, width of the shoulders, chest depth, etc. This is part of the standard anthropometrics tool kit. Measurements taken with this device are often useful for assessing growth and development.
- Small anthropometers (2)
Used to precisely measure dimensions of body size including muscle development, joints, smaller bone lengths, etc. This is part of the standard anthropometrics tool kit. Measurments taken with this device are often useful for assessing growth and development.
- Graham Field Lange skinfold calipers (2)
Precision instruments used to measure skinfold thickness at multiple points on the body. Skinfold thickness is a standard component of anthropometric measurements. It can be used to calculate overall body composition as well as body fat distribution.
Seca portable stadiometers (2)
Portable, lightweight instrument used for precise height measurement in any research setting.
Thermo Scientific Revco Elite PLUS -86C Upright Freezer
For ultra-low temperature specimen and reagent storage.