Mission and Vision
The people of the NRI
The Nutrition Research Institute is committed to conducting innovative basic and translational science studying how individual differences in requirements and responses to diet affect our individual nutritional needs. We believe that our advances in nutrition science are leading to successes in preventing or mitigating the negative effects of chronic diseases and aging and in improving human development, even prior to conception.
Vision: Our vision is to use scientific discovery to ensure optimal health through individualized nutrition.
Mission: We are leading research in precision nutrition by understanding how genetics and environment affect an individual’s requirements for and responses to nutrients.
UNC Nutrition Research Institute Board of Advisors
James G. Martin, Ph.D.
Chair, NRI Board of Advisors McGuire Woods, LLC Governor, State of North Carolina, 1983-1995
Group Vice President, Carolinas Health Care System
Byron L. Bullard
President Presbyterian Hospital (Ret.)
President, Allen Tate Mortgage
John Fennebresque, Jr.
Managing Director, Fennebresque & Co., Investment Banking
Chairman and CEO, Farmers & Merchants Bank
Vice President, Novant Health Foundation and Community Engagement
Erika Gantt, M.D.
Buffy McCoy Kelly
President, Tattoo Projects
Brien Lewis, J.D.
President, Catawba College
Vice Chair, NRI Board of Advisors Chairman, President and CEO, Food Lion, Inc. (Ret.)
Attorney at Law, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. Mayor, City of Charlotte, 1991-1995
President, Carolinas Medical Center, Northeast
James H. Woodward, Ph.D.
Chancellor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Charlotte