PEAK (Physical Exercise Activity & Kinesiology) Human Performance Clinical Research Core Laboratory

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The PEAK Human Performance Clinical Research Core Laboratory supports investigators conducting multidisciplinary and translational (T1-T4) research related to all forms of human movement (e.g., physical activity, exercise, and sedentary behavior) within the University of Rochester.


The PEAK Human Performance Clinical Research Core Laboratory is adept in early adoption of novel measurement technologies and provides state-of-the-art assessments for metabolism, body composition, cardiovascular function (including VO2max and anaerobic threshold), pulmonary function, range of motion, strength, balance, and free-living activity/exercise. Examples include but are not limited to: graded exercise stress testing, pulse oximetry, EKG, bioelectrical impedance, balance force plate testing, actigraphy and more.

Operating in discreet clinical space located on the University of Rochester Medical Center Campus, The PEAK Human Performance Clinical Research Core Laboratory provides an optimal setting for medical investigators to conduct safe, controlled studies in children and adults. We are able to perform assessments and deliver interventions in the inpatient and outpatient settings at the UR/URMC campus and at other medical or non-medical community locations.stretch

The PEAK Human Performance Clinical Research Core Laboratory provides consulting services for investigators in all stages of career and study development. Services range from concept development, implementation, assessment, and staff training to fidelity and quality assurance assistance.

The PEAK Human Performance Clinical Research Core Laboratory supports local, investigator-initiated studies and also very large, complex, nationwide, multi-center clinical trials (phase I-IV). The Lab supports government, foundation and industry-sponsored studies and has a proven track record of successfully assisting investigators in securing internal and external research funding (e.g., CTSI pilot funding, CRC pilot funding, CTSI KL2, NIH K-awards, R21s, R01s, and Program grants). Like us on Facebook: URMCPEAKLAB


New Collaboration with URMC Sport & Spine Rehab

VO2 Analysis and Fitness Testing provided by PEAK certified staff

This program offers the most advanced tests for determining your level of physical fitness--VO2 and Anaerobic Threshold testing, Resting Metabolic Rate testing (RMR), Body Composition Analysis and Target Heart Rate Zone Analysis.

Time: By appointment

Location: Brighton Sports and Spine Rehabilitation Office


  • VO2, Anaerobic Threshold and Target Heart Rate Zone Analysis: $150
  • Resting Metabolic Rate Testing (RMR) and Body Composition Testing: $150

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call (585) 341-9150

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Warrior Walk 2013

Warrior Walk Survivors

The PEAK Human Performance Clinical Research Core Laboratory participated in the Warrior Walk 2013 Celebrating Life beyond Cancer, on URMC's River campus. 307 walkers participated and $40,00 was raised. It was a day filled with activity, food, music,and great resources for cancer survivors and their caregivers!


ww familyProceeds from the Warrior Walk benefit Judy's Fund, Hope for Cancer Survivors. For more information, about Judy's Fund and the Wilmot Cancer Survivorship program, Judy's Fund


PEAK was proud to be a part of the Warrior Walk 2013 and celebrate the day with amazing Warriors!


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More Information

Contact Us

Dr. Karen Mustian

(585) 273-1796

Clinical Exercise Physiologist:
Michelle Porto

(585) 273-3148