Fructose-Liver Fat Study





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NRI Updates


NRI Celebrates a Decade of Nutrition Discoveries 2008-2018

September 28, 2018 –This October, the NRI proudly marks its tenth anniversary of delving into the science of Precision Nutrition. What began in 2008 with two faculty members and a supporting staff of nine is, today, a bustling center of scientific inquiry and discovery with a staff of 84, which includes 16 principal investigators. These scientists, all with faculty appointments in Nutrition or Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are here to find out why and how each of us responds differently to the nutrients we eat. Their discoveries form the basis of knowledge for our healthcare providers to provide customized nutritional recommendations for our optimal health. Read more.

Leptin's Role in Cancer Susceptibility

August 30, 2018 – While the link between obesity and breast cancer risk is well known, the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Obesity alters many conditions in cells and within the body, and it is not easy to determine which of these conditions are important to the obesity-cancer link. Consequently, it is very difficult to identify potential therapeutic targets. Read more.

Prenatal Calories More Important than Alcohol Exposure in Obesity

July 31, 2018 –Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) impairs fetal neurodevelopment and ultimately causes fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). PAE has also been associated with low birthweight and a higher risk for development of childhood obesity and metabolic dysfunction including glucose intolerance and cardiovascular disease. Read more.