Welcome to your metabolic measurement and metabolic phenotyping resource!
COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT: The next Promethion course in metabolic phenotyping will be held in lovely Las Vegas towards the end of the year (TBD). The previous course, from June 10th - 14th, covered advanced topics in both the acquisition and analysis of metabolic phenotyping data and was attended by scientists from around the world. Measurement systems include (besides gas exchange data) food & water uptake, body mass monitoring, wheel running and voluntary activity. Data analysis - such as extraction of REE and AEE, analysis of circadian changes in EE, uptake and behavior, correlation between activity and EE, and much, much more - is a significant focus of the these courses.
Update! As part of the metabolic phenotyping course held at Sable Systems International last October, I introduced a startling new development - a multiplexed Promethion metabolic phenotyping system capable of obtaining excellent VO2 and VCO2 readings from successive cages in under fifteen seconds apiece. Thus, unlike Promethion's competitors in the field of metabolic phenotyping, you won't have to wait about 45 minutes for successive readings from a given rat or mouse in a 16-cage system. Instead, you'll get a new reading, a.k.a. cycle time, up to every two minutes - at least a twenty-fold improvement in throughput speed. This is achieved by the wickedly fast dwell time of under 15 seconds, by a number of trade secrets, and by splitting the analytical workload into 8-cage segments. Thus, you get the same record-breaking 2-minute cycle time whether you have 8, 16, 24, 32, or even 48 or 64 cages. This is in addition to second by second acquisition of sensor data from each cage in the system.
Of course, if you have a real need for speed, a two minute cycle time is intolerable. In that case, Promethion also offers real, field-proven, up-and-running, non-vaporware (get the picture?) systems that update VO2 and VCO2 for every cage every second. These feats are only possible because Sable Systems designs and manufactures all of the equipment used in Promethion systems - the optical benches, mass flow controllers, data acquisition systems, the works. Everything is optimized for reliability, accuracy, and the exacting resolution required for metabolic measurement. Seriously, nothing in the field of metabolic phenotyping compares to Promethion, both in terms of advanced features and its revolutionary "data field system" concept.
This is the companion web site to the book "Measuring metabolic rates: A manual for scientists", by John Lighton. The publisher is Oxford University Press. Of course, nothing is ever perfect, and this book is no exception. Click here for errata - and if you find any errors, please contact John.
This web site is more than a book companion. It features detailed information on several areas of respirometry that John had no room to cover in his book. Among these are metabolic rate and other calculators, plus a series of articles in the blog on some of the latest and most controversial breakthroughs in metabolic measurement. Such as, a massive paradigm shift in metabolic screening systems made possible by "massively parallel" metabolic measurement engines and, if you can't afford those, by wickedly fast multiplexed systems. Many of the blog posts are influenced by the R&D component of John's day job as president of Sable Systems International. John also tweets discontinuously and can be followed on ResearchGate should you so desire. You have been warned.
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Other news: The recent metabolic phenotyping course (early October 2012) was a great success! The previous in-depth respirometry course that John Lighton, author of the book "Measuring metabolic rates: A manual for scientists", taught, also went very well. Number 17 in the series, the course lasted for four full days, and taught a wide variety of techniques and approaches in research-grade respirometry, with research animals ranging from fruit-flies to cattle. Uh, in the interests of full disclosure, humans stood in for the cattle. The fruit-flies stood in for themselves.
I wish I could offer you the opportunity to attend a metabolic measurement course this year, but alas, I cannot. That's because this year's December course is already totally sold out. Look in this space for an announcement of the next course, which will most likely be held in February/March 2013. Provided, of course, that the predicted 2012 apocalypse will be delayed, as is always the case with apocalypses.