Be Active Sleep Eat (BASE)

Using science to improve health


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Post author: Kellie Hamill. Last update: 07/05/2015 at 8:23 pm by Gerard Gibbs.

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Does your company want a competitive edge?

In today’s competitive market there are countless new products being launched every month, but relatively few survive to give a return on the initial investment. As an added pressure, food businesses have three years from January 2013 to comply with the Food Standards Code (1.2.7 and Transitional Standard 1.1A.2) on nutrition content claims and health claims on food labels and in advertisements. Whilst some of this can be carried out in-house, the majority of consumers trust results from independent research more than research conducted by food businesses in-house.

How will working with BASE benefit my company?

The state-of-the-art Be Active Sleep Eat (BASE) research facility at the world renowned Monash University can help food businesses in the following areas:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Proof of concept studies
  • Proof of efficacy
  • Identify health claims
  • Design and conduct human intervention trials following Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines

Through a multidisciplinary approach to optimise health and wellbeing, the team of accredited academics and professionals are pioneering the integration of nutrition, sleep, exercise physiology and physical therapy from research into practice.



Our Facilities and Services

The BASE facility has been designed to provide an environment conducive for community volunteers to take part in high quality research which contribute to advancing the science of nutrition, sleep and physical activity.  The facility comprises of a sleep laboratory, a commercial kitchen, exercise and fitness studio and consulting suites. We have a range of state-of-the-art equipment and a team of accredited academics and health professionals ready to conduct research and product development, to GCP standards, tailored to suit your needs.

Commercial Kitchen – A fully equipped and self-contained commercial kitchen built to industry specifications is ideally situated for food related research. The kitchen is available for:

  • catering and function preparation
  • food demonstrations and classes
  • product launches
  • nutritional/ dietary analysis and more

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Health Claims Testing – We can design and conduct human intervention trials that will test the efficacy of your product in order to provide independent support for your health claim. Our studies comply with GCP guidelines. We have a range of services that test the metabolic effect of foods/ingredients including:

  • glycaemic response
  • glycaemic index
  • diet induced thermogenesis.

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Sleep Laboratory – The majority of people don’t get enough sleep and going without adequate sleep has both short- and long-term consequences. The short-term consequences of lack of sleep can affect a person’s ability to learn and retain information, judgement and mood, as well increasing the risk of serious accidents and injury. Longer-term consequences of chronic sleep deprivation increase a person’s risk for diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and early mortality. At BASE we utilise the most current technologies, our sleep laboratory is light and noise controlled for the most favourable overnight sleep studies.

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Body Composition Suite – Do you need to know how your product affects body composition e.g. “Do volunteers lose weight and how much of that is body fat loss?” or “How much muscle do volunteers gain after consuming our product/exercise trial?” At BASE we can assess body composition using:

  • simple tools (weight and height to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI))

or using more sophisticated methods such as:

  • bioelectrical impedance
  • isotope dilution
  • the state-of-the-art iDXA for measuring bone strength, fracture risk, muscle and fat mass

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Exercise and Fitness Suite – By understanding how the human body responds to sport or occupational physical activity or products that may enhance the effects of training programs that may result in improvements in fitness and/or hydration. Our heat acclimation chamber can be used to test the wearability of protective clothing under heat stress for industry and various occupations.

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How much will it cost?

All of our services are bespoke and we can provide study designs at various levels of scientific complexity. If you have a budget in mind we can identify the scientific methods that would be appropriate and affordable in order to meet your requirements.


Be Active Sleep Eat (BASE) Facility

Ground and Level 1, 264 Ferntree Gully Road
Notting Hill Victoria 3168


Nutrition and Active



Telephone: +61 3 9902 4270        +61 3 9905 0315

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Dr. Tracy McCaffrey

Dr. Tracy McCaffrey

Scientist at Monash University, .

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Professor Helen Truby

Professor Helen Truby

Facility Director at Monash University, Clayton Campus.

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Be Active Sleep Eat (BASE)

Monash University, Clayton Campus. Ground and 1st Floor, 264 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill, Victoria, Australia.

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Type: Commercial research services provider, Core facility in a research organisation, Research laboratory
Discipline areas: Biological Science, Excercise & Sports Science, Food Science
Precinct: South east
Affiliations: Monash University

Biological Science categories: Clinical Trials Design and Managment, Clinical trials resources, Nutrition, Sleep science

Tags: Active, body composition, bone density, Clinical trial, Dietetics, Exercise, fitness, health claims, Human, intervention, Kitchen, Nutrition, Scan, Sleep, sport