Mission and Vision

The people of the NRI

 

 

 

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Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved with the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) and help us become the world’s premier institute for scientific discovery: make a gift, attend an Appetite for Life event, or participate in our research.

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!
The Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) studies why people’s metabolism and nutrient requirements differ from person to person. 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. The NRI studies nutritional individuality by conducting research in nutrigenomics and metabolomics. Nutrigenomics is the study of how nutrition changes the way genes function and how genes change our nutrient requirements. Metabolomics is the simultaneous measurement of thousands of chemicals—in either blood or urine—that make up an individual’s metabolism. Read more.
Our research not only influences the scientific community, but the general public as well. We strive to share our discoveries with everyone. Read some of our latest articles on what is happening at the Nutrition Research Institute.

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

Fred T. Brown, Jr., MPH, FACHE,
Col. (ret) USAF
Group Vice President
Carolinas Healthcare System
Charlotte, NC

Byron L. Bullard
President (retired)
Presbyterian Hospital
Charlotte, NC

John Fennebresque, Jr.
Managing Director
Fennebresque & Co., Investment Banking
Charlotte, NC

Steven Fisher
Chairman and CEO
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Salisbury, NC

Erika Gantt, M.D.
Surgeon
OrthoCarolina
Charlotte, NC

Buffy McCoy Kelly
President
Tattoo Projects
Charlotte, NC

Jeff Petry
Chief Marketing Officer, Premier Inc. (former)
Healthcare Sales and Marketing consultant
Charlotte, NC

Tom Smith
Vice Chair, NRI Board of Advisors Chairman, President and CEO, Food Lion, Inc. (Ret.)
Salisbury, NC

Richard Vinroot
Attorney at Law, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. Mayor, City of Charlotte, 1991-1995
Charlotte, NC

Phyllis Wingate
President, Carolinas Medical Center, Northeast
Concord, NC

James H. Woodward, Ph.D.
Chancellor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

James G. Martin, Ph.D.
Governor of NC, 1983-1995
Senior Advisor, McGuire Woods, LLP
Charlotte, NC

Brien Lewis, J.D.
President
Catawba College
Salisbury, NC