National Nutrition Month - March 2018

















DPNS 2018

















Choline Status Study






































Children's Health Study 2018





















Registration Open for DPNS 2018


Symposium Focus

  • the genetic, epigenetic, microbiome, and environmental sources of human metabolic variability
  • how these variabilities are related to different requirements for, and responses to nutrients
  • methods used to assess the above

Who will attend: Scientists and nutrition and medical professionals from academia, government, and industry will attend to help them understand response to interventions.

Presented by UNC Nutrition Research Institute

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NRI Updates


Study focuses on child obesity

February 28, 2018 –Childhood obesity may no longer be a new concept, but the prevalence is higher than ever, and statistics show that Cabarrus County sits above the national and state averages for kids who are dangerously overweight. An ongoing study at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis hopes to take a dive into children’s health and nutrition and what might lead some to gain excess weight and others not to. The children’s health study is currently looking for children and their families to participate. “I think this is something that needs to be done,” Dr. Saroja Voruganti with the UNC NRI at the Research Campus said. “I’m very excited. This is our chance to make a difference in the community. I just hope more people are aware of it and can come.”

Choline Biomarker Study Wins Federal Support

February 16, 2018 – UNC Nutrition Research Institute director Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD has been awarded a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health, to develop and validate a panel of laboratory tests that can assess choline status in humans. Zeisel expects the outcome of this research to improve public health worldwide.

Study of first-graders shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in US communities

February 6, 2018 Philip A. May, PhD, research professor in nutrition at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, led NIH-funded research that examined over 6,000 children and determined prevalence of FASD ranged from 1.1 to 5 percent. 

A study of more than 6,000 first-graders across four U.S. communities has found that a significant number of the children have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with conservative rates ranging from 1 to 5 percent in community samples. The new findings represent more accurate prevalence estimates of FASD among general U.S. communities than prior research. Previous FASD estimates were based on smaller study populations and did not reflect the overall U.S. population. The study was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.