Current Visits

CANDLE is currently enrolling children ages 10 and older and their mothers or caregivers to complete new study visits, funded by the ECHO program. These visits should take place when the CANDLE child is age 10-11, and again at age 12 or older. Both visits include online and in-person options.

Additionally, ECHO has provided funding for a separate study to investigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on CANDLE families. This study visit is completely online.

CANDLE participants with questions about visit procedures or current eligibility can email, or call 901-448-3300 to speak to one of the CANDLE coordinators.


  • CANDLE 10-11 year visit and 12+ year visit

    Visit Procedures

    • Surveys for parents and children
    • Cognitive Assessments for children
    • Physical Exam for children
      • Height
      • Weight
      • Blood Pressure
      • Skinfold Thickness
      • Waist Circumference
    • Specimen Collection from children
      • Tooth
      • Toenails
      • Hair
      • Urine
      • Blood
      • Saliva
    • Specimen collection from parents
      • Saliva
    • Compensation for time and travel is provided

    Staff labeling specimen collection kits

    Staff demonstrating skinfold measurement

  • COVID-19 Visit

    Visit Procedures 

    • Online surveys for parents
    • Compensation for time is provided