The ESNL was founded in 1997 by Dr. Richard Kreider in collaboration with IMAGINutrition® (Laguna Nigel, CA) while he was a faculty member in the Department of Human Movement Sciences & Education at the University of Memphis. In the summer of 2002, the ESNL and staff moved with Dr. Kreider to Baylor University where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation. After 6 years of highly successful leadership as Chair and Director of the Exercise & Sport Nutrition Lab; Dr. Kreider moved to Texas A&M University where he was named Head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development and Thomas A. and Joan Read Endowed Chair for Disadvantaged Youth. This also involved moving the ESNL, staff, funding, and a number of doctoral students to Texas A&M University.
The ESNL is now located in a 5,500 sq. ft. facility in Building Two of the Research Park (Suite 2500) at Texas A&M University. It consists of a participant reception area; a stress testing area; a medical exam area; a body composition/bone density assessment area; a phlebotomy/muscle biopsy area; two beds for overnight research studies; a resting energy expenditure study area; isotonic and isokinetic strength testing areas; an anaerobic capacity analysis area; work stations for nutrition/data analysis; and, wet labs for biochemical analyses of muscle, blood, and/or urine samples. Additional areas include workspace for research assistants, data analysis, and a CurvesSmart® training area. The ESNL is connected to a 6,000 sq. ft. Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL) laboratory facility that is directed by Dr. Nicolaas Deutz (Professor and Ponder Chair in the Department of Health & Kinesiology). Dr. Deutz and his research group conduct clinical nutrition research related to inter-organ amino acid metabolism using stable isotopes and other methodologies. CTRAL includes office space, a conference room, a 3-bed facility for overnight stay research studies; and, a medical exam room, sample processing room, a biobank for sample storage, and a comprehensive wet lab facility that is shared with the ESNL. Together, the ESNL and CTRAL provide state of the art translational biomedical research facilities to conduct exercise and nutrition related studies.
The ESNL and CTRAL are preparing to move into a new 23,000 sf Human Clinical Research Facility that is currently under construction. This research facility will serve as a centralized facility for conducting human clinical research trials at Texas A&M University. It will have 12 beds or overnight stay research, a comprehensive wet lab facility, physiological testing and procedure rooms, a metabolic kitchen for feeding studies, a comprehensive training and rehabilitation area, a large conference room/classroom, and office space to house about 20 full-time faculty and staff and 24 graduate students/post-doctoral fellows. The ESNL and CTRAL will be moving into the new building in February 2017. Dr. Kreider will serve as Executive Director while Dr. Deutz will serve as Director of Clinical Research.