About the Center for Metabolic Research

The Center for Metabolic Research is a non-profit research group within the Veterans Medical Research Foundation. We are affiliated with both the San Diego VA Medical Center and the University of California at San Diego.

Our research efforts are dedicated to the service of both the veteran and non-veteran communities.

Since opening our doors in 1983, we have become a major presence in the fields of obesity and diabetes-related research. We have conducted both pharmaceutically sponsored and investigator-initiated studies and have received grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH), American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

The Center for Metabolic Research is located inside the San Diego VA
Medical Center on the 3rd Floor, East Wing, B-Pod.


California-Nevada PHTC

San Diego State University
Loma Linda University
CSU Fullerton
U of Nevada – Las Vegas

Regions Covered

Contact Info
Barbara Lefkarites
Project Coordinator
(619) 524-8938

Southwest Regional

University of Utah

Regions Covered

Contact Info
Rachel Flores
Program Manager
(310) 724-8324

California Pacific Territories PHTC

UC Berkeley
University of Hawaii
UC Davis
CSU Fresno

Regions Covered
Hawaii and Associated
Pacific Territories

Contact Info
Jacquelyn Omotalade
Program Manager
(510) 612-4541

Each Center provides face-to-face and online training, in addition to other activities, designed to strengthen the core competencies and capabilities of the public health workforce in the designated regions.

Each Center provides consulting services about the safe methods for workplace drug testing and opportunities for marijuana detoxification.

Here are the publications of our specialists on marijuana metabolism and the ways to get THC out of your system:

Marijuana Detoxification
In this section, we publish the guides and manuals on how to detox from marijuana and legal methods to pass a drug test.
How To Get Weed Out Of Your System Companies that drug test
Marijuana Metabolism
Home Remedies
Our research on what you can do to increase the speed of marijuana detoxification.

Sweating Fasting Pooping Losing weight
THC Detox Drinks
Our research on popular drinks that people use to detox from marijuana and to pass a drug test. We analyze if the drinks work or not.
Gatorade Kool-Aid Pedialyte Green tea Cranberry Juice Lemon Juice Pomegranate juice Pickle juice Alcohol Do THC detox drinks really work?
THC Detox Supplements
In this section, we analyze the effectiveness of various THC detox supplements.
Baking soda Gelatin Garlic Vitamins Vitamin C
THC Detox Pills
The analysis and research on the effectiveness of various medicines in THC detoxification.
Diuretics Midol Zinc Niacin Nicotine Water pills Laxatives Aspirin

If you are interested in receiving more information about each center or would like to inquire about possible training opportunities, or need help in marijuana detoxification please contact the person listed in the table for the center covering your region or that includes the university closest to you.

To view a list of online training currently available through the Science Grid, please click here.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information is a joint effort of the four California Schools of Public Health and the University of Hawaii’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.

As a member of the National Center for Biotechnology Information Network, the goal of Center is to develop and support effective public health training opportunities that address community health needs and are consistent with Healthy People 2025 objectives.

Current Studies

The Center for Metabolic Research is currently recruiting for multiple studies.
To learn more click on the links below.



We are also recruiting for a very important study: THE GRADE STUDY

Our Studies

Dedicated to expanding the awareness of obesity and diabetes through research opportunities for both the veteran and non-veteran communities.

The areas in which we conduct research include

  • Pre-Diabetes
  • Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • The Metabolic Syndrome
  • Marijuana Metabolism and Detoxification
  • High Cholesterol
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Dercum’s disease
  • Technology in glucose testing