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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

ACNC Research

The comprehensive research program at the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center focuses on 10 research areas: Brain Development; cardiovascular health; childhood obesity; endocrine regulation; early diet's effects on health; immune development; metabolic programming; analytical methodologies; skeletal development; and women’s health. Our ultimate goal is to prevent diseases through optimizing early nutrition and physical activity.

Researchers take advantage of state-of-the-art core equipment and facilities such as:

In addition, our outpatient clinic provides rooms for the metabolic cart, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, air displacement plethysmography, quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance, physical activities, and rooms for examinations and interviews. The outpatient clinic is also equipped with 6 living rooms for overnight studies.

To learn more about our on-going research, and how you can participate in the exciting research studies being conducted at our Center, visit


Research projects subjects of investigation at the ACNC:

Each ARS research project has related subjects of investigation. Listed below are the subjects of investigation currently conducted at this location:


·         Dietary Influences on Psychological and Physiological Function in Children


·         Effects of Diet/nutritional Status on Psychological/psychoneurophysiological Development and Other Brain-Related Functions of Children


·         Identify Dietary Factors Having Beneficial Or Adverse Health Effects, and Determine Their Impact on Growth, Development and Health


·         Impact of Early Dietary Factors on Child Development and Health


·         The Role of Dietary Factors on Growth, Development and Health

Last Modified: 8/29/2011
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