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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. medium_blue_450px
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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

Shedding Light on Genetic Associations with Liver Cancer

BHMT is an enzyme involved in the metabolism of dietary betaine and choline. This metabolic pathway is important because, among other things, it sustains the source of methyl donors necessary for DNA methylation. One of ways a gene can be controlled is by attaching methyl tags on top of it (to start or to stop it).

Whole Grains Prevent Chronic Lifestyle Disease in More Ways Than One

Whole grains contain dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, and phytochemicals, but only the former two components have been thoroughly researched. From the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University’s Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, Associate Professor Shengmin Sang, PhD shines the spotlight on phytochemicals in whole grains and their health-promoting effects.

Children's Health Study

Study Purpose: To identify genes and lifestyle factors that affect children’s health status and overall well-being.