Currently Enrolling Studies

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The Expecting study is a long-term nutrition research study designed to determine how the health and physical activity of a mother during pregnancy could affect the growth and development of her child. This study is for moms who are currently less than 12-weeks pregnant and have a BMI over 30.

Arkansas Active Kids

Arkansas Active Kids is a new study to see how physical activity affects children’s health. If your child is ages 7-10, contact us to see if they qualify to participate. Monetary compensation will be provided for your time.


Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center is looking for 25-35 year old women for a new one-visit research study comparing blood and muscle cells. The visit will include a blood draw and a muscle biopsy and you will be compensated for your time.

Glowing and Expecting Follow-Up

Former Glowing and Expecting participants are invited back to the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center to participate in a follow-up study for ages 5, 8, 11, and 14. Monetary compensation proved to thank you for your time.

Beginnings Follow-Up

Previous Beginnings study participants are invited back to the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center for a follow-up study. These study participants, who were previously monitored until age 6, will be asked to return to the Center and ACH at age 14 for one visit, which may be broken down into several days depending on their schedule.

Brain Matters

If you are less than 36 weeks pregnant with your second baby and plan to deliver at UAMS, you may be eligible to participate in a new study with the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center. This three-visit study will provide diapers and monetary compensation to thank you for your time.

Glowing 2

New study observing growth and development of mom and baby at Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center. You must be 36 weeks pregnant or less and 18 years of age or older. To thank you we will provide 1 ½ year supply of diapers during the 2 year study.

Prenatal Probiotics

Have you ever wondered if taking probiotics during pregnancy could improve your health? Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center is actively seeking volunteers to participant in a research study evaluating gut health. If you are less than 12 weeks pregnant, 18 years of age or older & have a BMI of 30 or more then you may qualify. Monetary compensation and a 2 month supply a diapers will be provided for participation.

Brain Fuel

Is your child 9- 10 years old, right-handed and over 80 lbs.? Then he/she might be eligible for Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center’s Brain Fuel study. Monetary compensation provided for your time.

Sweet Pea

The Sweet Pea Study is a nutrition research study designed to look at how the health of a mother can influence her child’s brain development. Monetary compensation and a 6 month supply of diapers is provided for participation.

Happy Tummies

The Happy Tummies Study is a nutrition research study for 3-month old infants exclusively fed
breastmilk, Similac Advance, or Similac Soy Isomil formula. To thank you for your participation,
a 3 month supply of diapers will be provided.

Ongoing and Completed Studies


Ongoing studies at ACNC have investigated the effect of prenatal health (Glowing), early infant feeding (Beginnings and Brain Power) on growth, metabolism, brain function, and neurodevelopment in infants and children.

Brain Food

Dr. Ou’s MRI Feasibility Study



Brain Power

Other Studies