Professional Continuing Education

European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) Intensive Course in Tracer Methodology in Metabolism

A multi-professional faculty of well-known experts will help you to better understand the practicalities of tracer methodology enabling you to confidently engage in tracer studies or giving you a head start building your own tracer lab.

Everyone interested in tracer methodology for metabolic research and wants to learn all the details in order to be able to use it in their own research.

The course will cover the following areas:
– Tracers, its detection and principles of tracer methods:
o Stable and Radioactive Isotopes
o Types of mass spectrometers
– Principles of methods used:
o Whole body versus regional/organ
o Isotope dilution versus incorporation
– How to perform tracer studies
– Use of D2O methods
– Application of tracers in metabolic research:
o Tracer methods in carbohydrate, fat, protein, amino acid and energy metabolism
o Use of stable isotopes in proteomic research

A special evening lecture on “Problems and Pitfalls of Using Tracers to Measure In Vivo Kinetics” will be given by Dwight Matthews.

We are currently accepting registration for the course to be held on March 4-5, 2023. Email, Program Manager and Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, Dr. Laura Ruebush ( for more information.

TAMU Courses

3 hour “Reading Research Publications in Kinesiology” (KINE 601)

The course is designed to help students develop basic skills in reading, reviewing, and understanding publications in Human (clinical) Kinesiology research. The first half of the semester will be a combination of lecture and discussion to cover basic concepts regarding human (clinical) research, research publications, types of publications and formats, writing and reviewing process etc. Subsequent meetings will incorporate student presentations of research publications and posters.

3 hour “Introduction to Human Clinical Research” (KINE 651)

Fundamentals of initiating and conducting human clinical research; topics include subject recruitment and (medical) screening, clinical study design, preparations, and procedures; federal and institutional policies, budget, role of pharmacy and laboratory clinical research.

3 hour “Methods in Human Clinical Research” (KINE 652)

This course is designed to gather insight on a variety of measurments used in clincal setting to obtain data for screening, characterization, and follow-up of subjects in biomedical and social behavioral human research.

3 hour “Theory of Kinesiology Research” (KINE 690)

This course is designed to provide doctoral students with a working understanding of the design, analysis, and interpretation of experimental data in health, sports management, and kinesiology.

1 hour “Hot Topics in Human Clinical Research” (KINE 682)

This seminar course is designed to engage you in critical analysis of manuscripts that represent hot topics in human (clinical) research.

AMSA handout
Please view the following link for a full description of course.

Research & Internships

Undergraduate Research Hours (KINE 491) or Graduate Directed Studies (KINE 685)

o Similar to lab credit, for each hour registered this equals a 4 hour shift at the Center. Preference is given to students who can commit minimum of 2 credit hours.

o Students will work cooperatively as a member of a team, multi-task, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Students will assist with a variety of tasks related to preparation, conduct, and data associated with clinical study days completed with human subjects.

o Experience working with general office equipment, computers, and familiarity with general word processing software as well as spreadsheets is preferred. Completion of appropriate training is required.

To discuss these opportunities further, please contact Laura Ruebush at