Kannapolis, North Carolina/University of North Carolina Nutrition Research Institute –

The University of North Carolina Nutrition Research Institute (UNC NRI) announces today that faculty member Martin Kohlmeier, M.D., Ph.D., has been selected to receive the 2013 Roland L. Weinsier Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN).

In making the Weinsier Award announcement, Teresa A. Davis, Ph.D., President, the American Society for Nutrition, and Robert M. Russell, M.D., President, ASN Foundation, noted: “This award is presented in recognition of an outstanding career in medical/dental nutrition education and that includes innovations in medical/dental education.

“Our Society annually grants over $452,068 in scientific awards, student grants, travel awards and honoraria to experts and emerging leaders in nutrition science and practice. Congratulations on joining this group of highly regarded scientists and clinicians!”

Dr. Kohlmeier was recognized for his achievements at the ASN Awards Ceremony during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2013. He was presented with an award of $2,500 and an inscribed plaque supported by The Dannon Institute.

Dr. Kohlmeier serves as faculty and primary investigator in the UNC NRI Nutrigenetics Laboratory, focusing on laboratory diagnostics and nutritional genetics. His research explores how to help individuals safely navigate daily food choices and the potential impact of those choices on cancer risk. Dr. Kohlmeier is developing software that uses detailed genetic information to teach consumers about healthy foods.

In addition to his position at the UNC NRI, Dr. Kohlmeier maintains his appointment as research professor with the Department of Nutrition, UNC Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Scientists at the UNC NRI work in the field of individualized nutrition, studying how people exhibit different metabolisms and nutrient requirements. In the future, discoveries at the NRI will lead to customized diets for optimal wellness and disease reduction. The UNC NRI is located on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.