Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved with the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) and help us become the world’s premier institute for scientific discovery: make a gift, attend an Appetite for Life event, or participate in our research.


As scientists, physicians, and healthcare practitioners better understand nutritional individuality, they will be able to enhance human health, improve brain development, and more effectively treat diseases like obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Be part of our team!

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Nutrition Research Institute is a branch of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With an environment that inspires pioneering research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, UNC Chapel Hill has long been an agent for economic prosperity in North Carolina. Today more than 150 North Carolina companies have spun out of UNC, many from the university’s research. They generate more than $7 billion in revenue in the state each year and provide nearly 8,000 jobs to residents and 38,000 jobs worldwide. At the NRI we are proud of our Carolina heritage and to be representing it on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. Many of our faculty members started at Chapel Hill and have found their callings with the Nutrition Research Institute.
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The NC Research Campus (NCRC) is located in the city of Kannapolis, just north of Charlotte. Centered on the advancement of nutrition, agriculture and human health,  scientists from universities, industry, government and non-profit organizations are finding new ways to promote healthy lifestyles and to prevent, treat and cure the most prevalent diseases of our times like cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s and other diet and lifestyle-related disorders. NCRC-logo3

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NRI Updates

Child's Diet and Brain Development Study

If your child is 7 to 12 years of age (or will turn 7 soon), you are invited to participate in a research study.

We are interested in how children’s diets affect their brains. What you’ll do:

  • Three 15-minute phone calls about your child’s diet
  • You may qualify for one 2-hour visit to the Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, NC
  • Your child will play games on a computer and try a maze test, and you will answer questions about your child’s day-to-day mood and activities.

Understanding Nutrigenomics

Why “good” and “bad” are irrelevant when talking about genes and nutrition

…“How to override your bad genes with food.” “Can Exercise Override Bad Genes?” “Good Nutrition Can Overcome Bad Genes”… We are bombarded by media with these kinds of messages. The main theme, of course, is that many of us may have “bad” genes that would put us at risk of a certain poor health outcome unless we eat less of “this” and more of “that.”

Banana Orange Smoothie

2 ripe, large bananas
2 medium oranges
8 oz lowfat vanilla yogurt
Dash of ground cinnamon and nutmeg

Pell bananas; slice into blender container or food processor • Peel oranges; cut into chunks • Add to blender with yogurt, cinnamon and nutmeg • Cover; blend until smooth.