Unique Research Opportunities
The Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center (ACNC) is a growing and vibrant 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 childhood brain and metabolic processes, and the mechanisms by which diet and physical activity (both maternal and child) impact these networks.
The ACNC is a national Human Nutrition Research Center established as a partnership between the Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). Since its inception in 1994, the ACNC has become a premier research venue for the study of maternal-child health and early childhood development. Its location in Little Rock benefits from a supportive community and strong collaborative ties with the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
The Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center conducts cutting-edge research to understand how maternal-child nutrition and physical activity optimize health and development.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
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.