Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition Lab

The Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition Laboratory (ICAN Lab) at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville conducts nutrition research with pregnant women, mothers and fathers, and children from infancy through adolescence.  The ICAN Lab is a conglomerate of three separate research laboratories:  ICAN-THRIVE, ICAN-GROW, and ICAN-REACH.

The Together Helping Reach Infant Vitality Everyday (THRIVE) lab is directed by Dr. Katie Kavanagh.  The ICAN-THRIVE lab is the portion of the ICAN lab that works primarily with mothers and infant feeding.  For more information about the ICAN-THRIVE lab, click HERE.

The Graduate Research and Outreach for Wellness (GROW) lab is directed by Dr. Marsha Spence.  The ICAN-GROW lab is the portion of the ICAN lab that works primarily with children.  More information about the ICAN-GROW lab will be posted soon.

The Research on Eating and Activity for Community Health (REACH) lab is directed by Dr. Sarah Colby. The ICAN-REACH lab is the part of the ICAN labs that works primarily with adolescent populations (ages 9-19 years old).

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