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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.
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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

Participants Needed for Yoga Study

The Cheatham Nutrition and Cognition Laboratory is inviting individuals who are age 30 to 39, and have either NEVER taken a yoga class or have consistently practiced yoga at least 3-5 times a week for at least 5 years.  This study aims to look at the differences in electrical activity in the brain when coupled with some simple computer tasks.

Patrick Stover, Ph.D. | Keeping a Hungry World Healthy

Metabolic and chronic diseases are among the greatest contemporary challenges to human health worldwide—a risk that begins before birth with maternal nutrition. While there is still much research required to understand why some genetic populations may be more vulnerable, there is irrefutable evidence that nutrition is essential to support human development and life-long health.

Diet and Extension of Lifespan

Life expectancy keeps growing in developed countries, approaching 90 years on average in some. There is a forecast that more than 50 percent of girls born in the U.S. after 2010 will live to become 100 years or even older, and that the first person to live up to 150 years has already been born.