Appetite For Life – Wednesday, September 19, with Delisha Stewart, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, UNC NRI: “Race, Ethnicity, and Health Disparities”
Scientists at the Nutrition Research Institute are studying the role of genetics in health and wellness. Epidemiology studies have shown that some groups of people are more likely to develop disease, and clinical studies have demonstrated that some individuals are more likely to have a positive response to treatment, or interventions compared to other individuals. A goal of our research is to understand what makes some individuals susceptible to disease, and how we can improve intervention and treatments for more positive outcomes. During this program, you will learn about differences in disease risks that are related to race and ethnicity, factors that are known to contribute to diversity in disease risks, modifiable behaviors that reduce the risks of developing disease, nutritional interventions that have been shown to diminish disease risks, and nutritional interventions that have the potential to improve health outcomes.     View PowerPoint presentation.      View video.


Appetite For Life – Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte: “Fun(ctional) Fall Flavors”
In collaboration with Johnson & Wales University, we are pleased to present a very special event at the JWU campus in Center City Charlotte. Chef Megan Lambert, MS, RD, from Johnson & Wales and registered dietitian Steph Saullo, MS, RD from the NRI will come together to demonstrate delicious, healthy cooking while sharing tips for consuming a balanced, nutritious diet. Attendees will be able to sample the fare following the presentation. The location of the event is Hance Auditorium, Johnson & Wales University.      View recipes.     View nutrition notes.      View Video.



Appetite For Life – Wednesday, November 14, 2018 with Sandra Mooney, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutrition at UNC NRI: “Can Nutrition Improve Cognition?”
The developing brain is very sensitive to environmental influences. These can be positive, such as exercise or good nutrition, or negative, such as too much stress or exposure to some drugs. Most people are exposed to a combination of positive and negative environmental factors and are perfectly normal, but when the bad outweigh the good, normal brain development can be altered and this may be seen in the form of abnormal behavior. Dr Mooney will talk about some of the brain and behavior changes seen in the lab after exposure to alcohol, and some of her work looking at nutritional interventions that appear to improve these.  View PowerPoint presentation.   View video.



Appetite For Life – Wednesday, January 16, 2019 with Yuan Li, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate-Sumner Lab: “Traditional Medicine: From Grandma’s Observations to Evidence-based Science
The long-standing system of medical treatment in China, especially the use of herbs for disease prevention and treatment, has gained popularity in Europe and North America. Many herbs used in traditional medicine have not been sufficiently studied, and the mode of action of these herbs remains unknown. Evidence-based science is needed to move past grandma’s observations, and ensure an adequate understanding of the risks and benefits of herbal medicines. Dr. Li will talk about the history of TM research and provide examples from her own research program that uses cutting-edge methodologies to reveal the chemical ingredients in herbs, and how these ingredients influence biological function.  View PowerPoint presentation.   View video.