Energy Balance Research
The Energy Balance Research Project at Children's Mercy Kansas City is focused on gaining insight into regulation of youth metabolism. There are an incredible number of factors that participate in overall energy balance within the body, and the goal of this study is to explore the role of organized youth sports within this framework.
Meet Our Team
Robin Shook, PhD - Principal Investigator
Dr. Shook is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition at Children's Mercy Kansas City. He also has adjunct appointments at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He has completed studies on the interaction between lifestyle (physical activity and eating behavior) and a variety of chronic diseases using a range of methodologies (clinical trials, epidemiology, etc.). His current research focuses on the concept of energy balance, which is the relationship between how many calories a person eats, how many they burn, and how they store excess calories in their body.
For more information visit Dr. Shook's faculty website, view his CV, view his publications on PubMed and Google Scholar, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelli Snow - Lab Coordinator
Kelli is a registered dietitian and the lab coordinator for Energy Balance. She is finishing her master’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Kelli is an avid marathon runner and has a passion for food, nutrition, and health. She is a Kansas City native who has assisted families with education on nutrition and healthy lifestyle changes both in local communities as well as providing similar interventions through teleheath to rural Kansans. Apart from running, her personal hobbies include home remodel, gardening, and beekeeping. She is always ready for the next great adventure.
Bryce Miller - Data Coordinator
Bryce is currently pursuing his master's degree in Health Professions Education program at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine. Bryce was a track & field and cross-country athlete in the Health Sciences program at UMKC, where he found his passion for exercise science and community health integration efforts aimed at obesity prevention. He is interested in the role that diet and exercise have in weight gain, as well as how to promote healthy lifestyle modifications in children. Bryce is from Northern Wisconsin, and hobbies include running, hunting, and carving his own fishing lures to fish with.
Sam Sosland - Graduate Research Assistant
Sam is a recent Harvard College graduate with a Bachelor's degree in History and on the pre-med track. His broad interests are within pediatrics, specifically the impact of socioeconomic factors on childhood development. Sam is an avid reader, and his interests include clinical volunteer work and hiking.