Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center provides a wonderful environment for our research participants, our scientists, our team members and our partners. At the ACNC, children and their families are studied relative to nutritional status and commonly eaten foods. Controlled human studies assessing metabolic, endocrinologic, and immunological function are used to develop dietary strategies for healthy and safe human development, improved nutritional status, healthy maturation of Americans, and for improving the nutritional quality and safety of the nation's food supply.
Cognitive and Behavioral functions, as well as other aspects of brain function, are assessed relative to nutritional status and diet. Animal and cellular models are developed and utilized to study human development to learn from and prevent certain diseases. These animal studies establish new hypotheses, test existing ones, and clarify metabolic and endocrine functions and consequences of nutrients and dietary factors (phytochemicals) in foods of the common diet. Animal Studies are also conducted where information cannot be safely or readily obtained in humans, especially in children.
ACNC is housed in a two-story facility that was completed in 2006 and consists of almost 50,000 square feet. It contains a six bed live-in research unit, a large out patient unit, a state of the art brain function laboratory, and a nutritional assessment laboratory.
The Human Studies Program is housed on the first floor of the ACNC and contains: the Inpatient Unit; the Outpatient Unit; the Recruiting Program; Anthropometrics/Body Composition Laboratory; Clinical Nutrition Laboratory; Psychological Testing Laboratory; and Brain Development/Function Laboratory.
The Human Studies Facility is organized by specialty (Core) to ensure all components of our research studies are fully equipped and appropriately staffed. The Inpatient Unit is staffed 6 days a week.
Learn more about our different Cores: