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NRI Updates


NRI Faculty Member Receives Prestigious NIAAA Award

December 17, 2018 – Philip A. May, PhD, has received the 2018 Mark Keller Award bestowed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. May is Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Gillings School of Global Public Health where he works from the UNC Nutrition Institute as an epidemiologist. The Mark Keller Award, established by the NIAAA as a tribute to Mark Keller’s pioneering contributions to the field of alcohol research, is given annually to an outstanding alcohol researcher whose work makes significant and long-term contributions to our understanding of how alcohol affects the body and mind; how we can prevent, diagnose, and treat alcohol misuse and alcohol use disorder (AUD); and how today’s scientific advancements can provide hope for tomorrow. Read more.

Women’s Health, Preconception Nutrition, and the Right to Choose

December 12, 2018 – If you’ve ever been around a pregnant woman, you’ve probably heard her mention something about food cravings. Or she’s mentioned that she won’t drink coffee or eat Oreos because they are “bad for the baby.” Food is a hot topic during pregnancy because of how it can drastically affect the developing baby. But how many times have you heard a woman mention that she is eating healthier because she is going to try to get pregnant? Read more.

Offspring Brain Health Determined by Maternal Diet and Genes

December 12, 2018 – The importance of choline to brain development and function was first demonstrated in the 1980s, but because choline has multiple fates and functions within the body, the question of how choline levels specifically impacted neural development has remained unanswered. In research just published in The FASEB Journal, NRI director Steven Zeisel, MD PhD, and NRI assistant professor Natalia Surzenko, PhD, make a major contribution towards answering this question. Read more.