Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center | Arkansas Children’s Research Institute

The Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center is a growing research center focusing on improving child health, exploring the links between food and nutrition and optimizing how the body utilizes nutrients throughout development. The faculty and scientific staff are dedicated to discovering the fundamental biology of the childhood brain and metabolic processes, and the mechanisms by which diet and physical activity (both maternal and child) impact these networks.

Located in Little Rock, the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center benefits from a supportive community and a strong partnership with the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

We’re always looking for people to participate in our research studies. You can partner with the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center to further advance our research by participating in one of our studies. Learn more about our research studies below, and complete an interest form. A member of our team will contact you to discuss your interest and the opportunity for you or your child to participate in one of our studies. 

Our Partners

ACNC is a partnership between Arkansas Children’s and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, in collaboration with the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and UAMS.

Arkansas Children’s 

Arkansas Children’s boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research.


UAMS is the state’s leading tertiary academic health center. UAMS includes five colleges and a graduate school, eight regional centers and seven institutes of excellence.

USDA Agricultural Research Service

ACNC is one of six National Human Nutrition Centers funded by the USDA-ARS and one of two focused on pediatric and maternal nutrition and metabolic health in the US.

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