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Equipment/Facilities/Infrastructure

The CERPL is ~1000 ft2 in size and is located in the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education (Currie Memorial Gymnasium, 475 Pine Avenue West) at McGill University.

The CERPL has direct and indirect access to the following human exercise & respiratory physiology test equipment:

  1. SensorMedics Encore V29n & Qubit Systems Inc. Cardiopulmonary Exercise test systems, which permit evaluation of standard cardio-respiratory and metabolic parameters (e.g., VO2, VCO2, ventilation, tidal volume, end-tidal PCO2, 12-lead ECG), and resting and exercise flow-volume loops.
  2. Electronically braked cycle ergometers (concentric & eccentric) and motorized treadmills.
  3. Diaphragm electromyogram (EMGdi) and contractile respiratory muscle force/pressure measurement systems, including:
    • 16-Channel PowerLab data acquisition system with 27” iMac computer running LabChart Pro software, which is integrated for use with the abovementioned cardiopulmonary exercise test systems;
    • Mulitpair esophageal electrode catheters that permit simultaneous, breath-by-breath measurement of EMGdi (an index of neural respiratory motor drive), esophageal, gastric and transdiaphragmatic pressures;
    • 8 channel biomedical amplifier;
    • Validyne DP15 differential pressure transducers with 4-channel Validyne carrier demodulator.




  4. Pulmonary function test equipment, including spirometers and constant-volume body plethysmograph.
  5. Non-invasive (PhysioFlow®) cardiovascular hemodynamic measurement device, which permits resting and exercise estimates of cardiac stroke volume, heart rate, cardiac output, etc.
  6. Peripheral locomotor muscle EMG measurement system.
  7. BioDex® peripheral locomotor muscle strength testing system.

  8. iDEXA scanner for detailed assessments of body composition (e.g., fat mass, fat free mass, bone mineral density, segmental body composition analysis).
  9. Modified rebreathing test system/apparatus, which permits detailed evaluation of central and peripheral chemoreflex responsiveness to hyperoxic- and hypoxic-hypercapnia, respectively.
  10. Blood biochemistry measurement & analysis devices (e.g., -80oC freezer, refrigerated centrifuge, acid-base analyzer, etc.).