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BabyEE Pilot Study

Study Type


Study Purpose

Metabolism is a major component of health, especially infant health. Scientists are not sure how metabolism is inherited or what factors after birth may influence metabolism, so researchers at Pennington Biomedical are working to better understand the factors that impact metabolism development in infants.

About the Study

The BabyEE Pilot research study will observe and collect information about metabolism, body composition, physical activity, and food intake during the first three months of life.

Learn more about what it’s like to participate in the BabyEE Pilot research study:

*There is no known or anticipated risk associated with measurement of energy expenditure in the infant metabolic chamber.

Study Design

If your infant qualifies for this study, three study visits to Pennington Biomedical will be required for your infant. Your infant will enroll in the study when he or she is between one and three months of age.

The following measurements will be completed at each of these visits:

  • Length, weight, circumferences
  • Body composition
  • Metabolism
  • Food intake
  • Urine collection
  • Saliva collection
  • Stool collection
  • Questionnaires

All study-related procedures will be provided at no cost to you or your infant. You may also be provided some of your infant’s health results at the end of study upon request.

Study Qualifications

Your infant may qualify for this study if he or she is:

  • Healthy
  • Between one and three months of age at the Screening visit
  • Was born full term (≥ 37 weeks gestation)
  • Fed only breast milk and/or infant formula
  • Does not suffer from excessive spit up or reflux

Has no congenital abnormalities or disabilities

Study Duration

Up to 14 days


Earn up to $125 for participation.

Study Contact

If you are ready to volunteer for the BabyEE Pilot research study or if you have questions, please call 225-326-0546 or email

If you’re 18 or older, there may be other studies that you can join. Click here to find out about these studies or call 225-763-3000 to learn how you can be a volunteer!

If you don't see a trial that fits your interests or needs, click here to complete a questionnaire and we will contact you about any future trials for which you may qualify.