Resources/Services

The Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute offers a variety of clinical and metabolic services for both USC DORI investigators and external diabetes and obesity researchers. The DORI offers the following three testing cores:

DORI Clinical Services Core
The objective of the DORI Clinical Services Core is to provide expert, convenient, and affordable obesity- and diabetes- related clinical services to investigators at the USC Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute (DORI) and external diabetes and obesity researchers. The Core will offer a series of scans and analyses including DEXA, Oral Glucose Tolerance Testing (OGTT), and Fasting Blood Draws. In addition, the Core is home to a fully equipped metabolic kitchen and gym that can be rented for studies, meetings, exercise analyses, etc. All scans and analyses are run by experienced technicians in a reliable, quality-controlled environment.

DORI Metabolic Assay Core
The objective of the Metabolic Assay Core (MAC) is to provide assay services to investigators of the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute (DORI), and non-USC DORI investigators. The MAC provides the measurement of hormones, cytokines, lipids and carbohydrates in both human and animal biologic fluids. Any other assays in mind, please let us know to discuss options. Investigators will pay a fee-for-service that covers the cost of reagents, supplies, a percentage of personnel salary, and instrument usage. The measurement of assays will utilize modern instrumentation run by experienced assay technician(s) in a reliable, quality-controlled environment. Equipment used to perform assays includes a Bio Tek plate reader, YSI 2900D Biochemistry Analyzer, MagPix instrument using Luminex xMAP technology, and NanoDrop 2000.

CHLA Saban Rodent Metabolic Core

The CHLA Saban Rodent Metabolic Core offers access to state-of-the-art technology and high quality metabolic phenotyping services to researchers studying diabetes, obesity and metabolism. Experiments are conducted at CHLA by our highly trained and experienced core personnel using the most up to date, standardized techniques.