Be among the first to learn about cutting-edge research taking place at the Nutrition Research Institute and elsewhere in the field. Register now for free Appetite for Life presentations. Appetite for Life is a series of community programs that bring the latest scientific research down to earth in educational and interactive lectures, demonstrations and events. Our speakers, experts in their fields, present programs to help you understand what targeted nutrition is and how we are using advanced methods of research to investigate it for your improved healthcare.

When these programs are in Kannapolis, they’re held at Restaurant 46, which provides a relaxed environment to explore fascinating science topics. Each program features an expert presentation and informal discussion. Beverages and light bites are available from the Restaurant 46 menu. Restaurant 46, 101 West Avenue (Cannon Village), Kannapolis, NC 28081.

In Charlotte, we collaborate with Johnson & Wales University for programs called Cooking for Nourishment. These feature a JWU chef and an NRI registered dietitian who demonstrate and discuss healthy eating and cooking. Samples of the dishes demo’d are served. Hance Auditorium, Johnson & Wales University, 801 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

January 16, 2019 Appetite For Life

Appetite For Life – Wednesday, January 16, 2019: “Traditional Medicine: From Grandma’s Observations to Evidence-based Science” presented by Yuan Li, PhD
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.

Program begins at 6:00 PM at  Restaurant Forty-Six, 101 West Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Seating is limited.  Come a few minutes early to get a seat, and enjoy light bites, compliments of Restaurant Forty-Six!

Register here. 


  • February 12 – Katie Meyer, ScD
  • March 13 – Johanna W. Lampe, PhD

AFL Program Summaries: September – November 2018

If you missed any of our programs this fall, you can view PowerPoint presentations and videos of them here. Click the image to see a listing of the programs and the media materials associated with each one.  Enjoy!

AFL Program Summaries: September 2017 – May 2018

If you missed any of our programs during this past AFL season, you can view PowerPoint presentations and videos of them here. Click the image to see a listing of the programs and the media materials associated with each one.  Enjoy!

“Great explanations of concepts.”

“Excellent speaker, very interesting and informative; she made learning enjoyable.”

“This series has given me great insight into helping me with food choices.”

“I loved the discussion of DNA relationship to diet and weight issues.”

“The demonstrations were fun and the food and hospitality were great. Thanks for offering such an enriching program!”

“Wonderful program overall! I would certainly attend again and recommend my friends and colleagues to attend.”

“I try to attend all of the Appetite for Life events and I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn about nutrition health.”