Pregnant women chopping vegetablesPregnant? Participate in nutrition research. We want to investigate how much phenylalanine (an amino acid) must be ingested during pregnancy to ensure a healthy baby. We are looking for pregnant women aged 20 to 40 in either their 13th-19th week of pregnancy or their 33rd-39th week of pregnancy.

What is phenylalanine and tyrosine?

  • Amino acids, which are building blocks of protein and are essential in almost all bodily functions and structures.
  • During pregnancy there may be an increased requirement for dietary phenylalanine and tyrosine
  • We want to investigate how much phenylalanine must be ingested during pregnancy to ensure a healthy baby. 

We are looking for:

  • Women in either their 13th-19th week of pregnancy or their 33rd-39th week of pregnancy
  • Aged 20-40 years

This study involves:

  • Two preliminary assessments (one for each gestational stage - approximately 1 hour each).
  • If eligible, you may be able to participate in 4 study days (8 hours each).
  • Each study day will be at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital site and involves; collection of breath, urine samples, one small blood sample, consuming a special diet and measurements of body composition.

Compensation will be offered to participants. If you would like more information about this study, please contact us today!

Email: mennis@bcchr.ca

Principal Investigator: 
Dr. Rajavel Elango 

Primary Contact: 
Madeleine Ennis
Phone: 604-875-2000 ext. 4607
Email: mennis@bcchr.ca