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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.
NC Research Campus
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

Our Built-In “Antioxidant” System

Antioxidants have been in the popular press for more than 20 years and, while many people may not understand what exactly antioxidants do, they have the right idea that consuming foods known to contain high levels of the compounds is better than not consuming them.

Maternal and Child Health Study

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute seeks to determine the effect of pregnancy complications in African American mothers on the disease risk of their children. Examples of pregnancy complications include high blood sugar, high blood pressure and preeclampsia.

Researcher Returns to Familiar Ground for Groundbreaking Work

Growing up in Kannapolis, Summer Goodson knew that the mammoth Cannon Mills textile complex was the lifeblood of the community. Members of her family worked in the plant for 70 years before Pillowtex shuttered the facility in 2003. Little did Goodson know that she would carry on her family’s legacy by one day working in some of the same buildings. But instead of spinning cotton into fiber, Goodson is turning research into medical advancements aimed at helping treat male infertility.