The University of North Carolina Nutrition Research Institute (UNC NRI) announces today that Stephen H. Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished University Professor in Nutrition and Pediatrics and UNC NRI Director, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award from the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. The award includes an annual cash prize of $12,000 for three years.

In announcing Dr. Zeisel’s selection as recipient of the prestigious award, Gregory J. Chang, MHA, and chair of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Awards Committee, noted: “The award is presented to an outstanding full-time faculty member of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service.” The major criterion for the award is continuous demonstrated excellence over a number of years in service to the broad public health community.

“The alumni association would like to thank you for outstanding contributions to the field of public health.”

The school’s alumni association established the Greenberg Award in 1986 to honor Bernard Greenberg, founder of the Department of Biostatistics in 1949 and leader for two decades, and Dean of the School of Public Health from 1972-82.

Dr. Zeisel was recognized during the 45th Annual Fred T. Foard J. Memorial Lecture at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill.

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.