Jennette Moreno Lab

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About Us

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Moreno Lab
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Our lab has demonstrated that, surprisingly, children increase their standardized BMI at a faster rate during summer compared to the school year. We are interested in using the school summer paradigm as a method to identify novel determinants of childhood obesity and to develop innovative interventions for the prevention of obesity in children.

Our current research focuses on the influence of the school year and summer environment on children’s sleep and biological rhythms (e.g., circadian and circannual rhythms) and the influence of these factors on the seasonal variation of children's growth and development of obesity.

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Children's Nutrition Research Center

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Dr. Moreno’s lab is part of the Children's Nutrition Research Center which houses laboratories of varied disciplines, a vast array of state-of-the-art equipment, a greenhouse, observation labs and accommodations for research volunteers, a metabolic kitchen, and an elite group of scientists conducting groundbreaking research. Visit the CNRC.

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Polysomnography Equipment
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Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Assessment

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We have expertise and resources to estimate children’s circadian phase with actigraphy as well as salivary melatonin levels which are assessed in dedicated space within the Metabolic Research Unit under dim light conditions. We also have the capability to assess sleep using actigraphy and polysomnography. See more information: Metabolism Research Unit, Body CompositionEnergy Metabolism