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Cincinnati Center for Nutrition Research

Cincinnati Center for Nutrition Research

Comprehensive, High-Quality Data Analysis for Nutrition Research

The Cincinnati Center for Nutrition Research (CCNR) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an innovative center that researchers across the country turn to for the most current diet intake analysis available.

Established in 1991, the CCNR, a service of the Schubert Research Clinic’s (SRC) Bionutrition Core, has earned an outstanding reputation for thorough data collection, meticulous quality control and quick turnaround of analyzed data for both pediatric and adult clinical research studies. Our competitively priced and unique services offer reliable research support, relieving researchers of the sometimes tedious, technical side of nutrition analysis.

Why Choose Our Center?

Our services are available to external research studies conducted at sites anywhere in the United States on a fee-for-service basis. We also work extensively with internal (Cincinnati Children’s or University of Cincinnati) researchers who request our services through the SRC.

We offer rapid turnaround time and excellent quality work at competitive prices.

Advantages of using our services include:

  • Expertise in conducting dietary recall interviews with a wide range of study participants, including children and adults
  • Meticulous data entry of food recalls and records
  • Accurate results
  • Strict quality assurance
  • Training for study participants
  • Interpreter services available

Trained and Knowledgeable Staff

CCNR staff works with the investigator and study team to ensure the success of the study and optimal care for the study participant and family.

Our staff includes Registered Dietitians and Clinical Research Coordinators with expertise in nutrition.

Our staff is also trained and certified in validated methods used to obtain accurate information from study participants, resulting in reliable estimates of food and nutrient intake.

Nutrition Data System for Research Software

The CCNR uses the Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR) program, developed by the prestigious Nutrition Coordinating Center at the University of Minnesota, in combination with proprietary data management procedures and strict quality assurance to collect and analyze dietary intake data.

NDSR contains up-to-date nutrient and product information in its database, and interviewers employ the USDA Automated Multiple Pass Method (AMPM) when conducting 24-hour dietary recalls, ensuring quick, accurate collection and analysis of dietary intake data. In addition, the NDSR software includes a unique module which allows us to track dietary supplement use as well as regular food intake.

Accurate Research Results

The NDSR database is updated annually to reflect the most current listing of food products and their nutrient components. The result is a detailed and

Satisfied Customers

To date, the CCNR has coded more than 60,000 multi-day food records and recalls from numerous nationwide studies.

  • The NHLBI Growth and Health Study
    John Morrison, PhD
    Multisite: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, WESTAT and University of California-Berkeley
  • Healthy Habits Study: To Determine if Healthy Habits Make a Difference
    Debbie Maier, PhD
    Multisite: Brown University and University of Tennessee
  • The Jersey Girl Study: A Study of Environmental Factors, Growth, and Development in New Jersey Girls
    Elisa V. Bandera, MD, PhD
    Rutgers University-Cancer Institute of New Jersey
  • The Lancet Study Trial: A Randomized Clinical Trial of Lantus for C-Reactive Protein Reduction in Early Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
    Aruna Pradhan, MD, MPH
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA)
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Long-Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy
    William Kraus, MD
    Duke University
  • Modifying Dietary Behavior in Adolescents with Elevated Blood Pressure
    Sarah Couch, PhD, RD
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Prevention of Obesity at Universities: A Randomized Trial (Healthy Start)
    Michael Lowe, PhD
    Drexel University
  • The Growing Up Female: Breast Cancer and Environment Research Centers
    Frank Biro, MD
    Multisite: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of California, and Mt Sinai School of Medicine- New York
  • Accelerated CV Aging in Youth Related to CV Risk Factors
    Elaine Urbina, MD
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • The Study of the Effects of Exercise on Cholesterol in Twins
    Paul Williams, PhD
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Sleep Duration and Pediatric Overweight: Role of Eating Behaviors
    Chantelle Hart, PhD
    Brown University and Temple University

Use our Services

Researchers seeking support for the dietary intake component of their study are encouraged to contact the CCNR by phone or email.
We will ask you for general information about the study, including:

  • Type of data needed (e.g., nutrient intake, food groups, diet quality)
  • Frequency of data collection (e.g., three days of diet data at each study time point)
  • Participant demographics
  • Study timeline
  • Other information related to the study protocol

Based on this information, we can estimate the time and costs involved for us to provide nutrition research services for your study.

Reports of food and nutrient analyses will be provided in the format and timeframe which will best meet the needs of your research study.

Contact Us

To use the CCNR for your next research study, please contact:

Suzanne Summer, MS, RD