Brain Fuel

Brain Fuel

The BRAIN FUEL study is a short-term nutrition research study designed to examine how nutrition and body composition affect a child’s learning and retention. It is for right-handed 9-10 year olds that are in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade. In terms of time commitment, we ask the families to come to the Nutrition Center 3 times for visits that involve obtaining growth measurements, psychological development testing and monitoring of brain waves in our brain function lab.

Visit 1 consists of a hearing and vision test, height and weight measurements along with lifestyle and behavior questionnaires. This visit can last anywhere from 2-5 hours. To thank you for your time, up to $50 may be provided.

The night before Visit 2, we would ask you to pick up a prepackaged standard dinner meal for your child along with an actigraph watch for your child to wear to sleep. This watch assesses the amount and quality of sleep your child receives. The morning of visit 2 we will provide your child with a breakfast shake that contains either high protein or high carbohydrate content. After breakfast, we will conduct psychological development testing and monitoring of brain waves in our brain function lab. The visit at ACNC lasts up to 4 hours. Compensation for completing this visit is $250.

Visit 3 consists of a MRI at ACH Radiology. Participants will be provided a standard prepacked meal for dinner and wear the sleep monitor device at their home the night before their visit. Your child will be fed a specific breakfast shake prior to the MRI. This visit will take approximately three hours. $100 will be provided to thank you for this visit.

All research studies require potential participants to be screened. This is simple and conducted over the phone in about 5-10 minutes to learn more about your child’s health and any other pertinent information that relates to the study.

If you are interested or would like to find out if your child is eligible,

Click here to read about our other studies for pregnant women and kids.

Brain Fuel is a research study conducted by Linda Larson-Prior, Ph.D. and has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences.