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 two 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, BodPod, MRI, 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 is to provide assay services to investigators of the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute (DORI), and non-USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute investigators. Core personnel will serve a didactic function by teaching others the theory behind the assays and by providing advice to investigators regarding the measurement of various analytes. The Core will provide assistance in the measurement of hormones, cytokines, lipids and carbohydrates in human and animal biologic fluids. 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 an ELISA plate reader, YSI glucose analyzer, and Luminex technology.