Welcome to ACNC


The Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center (ACNC) is a growing and vibrant research center focusing on improving child health and optimizing function 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 enables ACNC to benefit from a supportive community and to build strong collaborative ties with the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

-Sean H. Adams, Ph.D.
Center Director

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