The Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Metabolic Core exists to provide the BWH, Harvard Medical School and area scientific community with access to cutting-edge resources for the measurement and analysis of metabolism in mice.

The Core provides an extensive and growing variety of services to measure a range of metabolic parameters in mice, including: oxygen consumption (VO2); carbon dioxide production (VCO2); respiratory exchange ratios (RER); food consumption; locomotor activity levels;  core body temperature and heart rate; body composition; heat lost due to thermal radiation; and food metabolism efficiency.

In addition to these services, the Core also organizes a regular biweekly research meeting series at which local laboratories working on metabolism, along with occasional visiting speakers, provide updates on current research.

The BWH Metabolic Core is supported by the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center (HDDC), an NIH-funded Center that serves a broad community of scientists conducting basic and translational research relevant to the gastrointestinal tract. Within the HDDC, the BWH Metabolic Core forms the Metabolic Unit within HDDC Core D: Gnotobiotic Mice, Microbiology and Metagenomics.

The Core is directed by Dr. Alexander Banks (BWH Endocrinology Division)