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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. 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

NRI Researcher Links Choline Deficiency To Impaired Brain Structure

Natalia Surzenko’s, Ph.D., current goal is to determine the role of choline as an essential nutrient for development of the cerebral cortex. She is building on his legacy by looking for specific structural changes in the brain caused by a low-choline diet.

Recruiting Study Participants

Recruiting: African American, Hispanic and Caucasian, 30 to 50 year olds.

Study Purpose: High uric acid in the blood increases the risk of gout, kidney and heart disease. This study investigates whether each individual responds to sugar-sweetened beverages differently, due to their differing ethnicities and genetic backgrounds.

Hungry for more? Food theme serves a second helping this fall

Food For All, Carolina’s pan-University academic theme, didn’t take a summer break, said the co-chairs of the theme’s steering committee. And the theme will serve up even more this fall, including a speaker series, a summit to propose a statewide food policy and a new food studies class.