Exercise Physiology Core Laboratory

The University of Virginia Health System’s Exercise Physiology Core Laboratory (EPCL) was established in 1990 as part of the National Institutes of Health sponsored General Clinical Research Center to promote the expansion and enhancement of clinical research that incorporates exercise physiology and body composition into either the research questions or the research design.  Over the years, we have added measures of resting and exercise oxygen consumption, lactate threshold assessment, endothelial function, regional distribution of body fat,  body composition assessment via whole body air displacement plethysmography (BOD POD), dual channel bioimpedance,  anthropometry including diameters, circumferences, and skinfolds and the use of acute exercise  and/or exercise training as an intervention.

The EPCL is now part of the UVA School of Medicine Research Cores and provides its services  to all researchers at UVA.  In addition, the EPCL will offer some services to the community including fitness testing on the treadmill or cycle ergometer and body composition measurements using the BOD POD.

The EPCL is directed by Arthur Weltman, Ph.D., Professor of Human Services and Professor of Medicine.  The EPCL is staffed by Lisa Farr, M.Ed, R.C.E.P (EPCL Manager) and Courtney Connors, MS (Research Assistant).


Are you a member of the Greater Charlottesville community interested in fitness and body composition services?  Visit the Health System website for more information.