Mission and Vision
The people of the NRI
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The Nutrition Research Institute is committed to conducting innovative basic and translational science studying how individual differences in requirements and responses to diet affect our individual nutritional needs. We believe that our advances in nutrition science are leading to successes in preventing or mitigating the negative effects of chronic diseases and aging and in improving human development, even prior to conception.
Vision: Our vision is to use scientific discovery to ensure optimal health through individualized nutrition.
Mission: We are leading research in precision nutrition by understanding how genetics and environment affect an individual’s requirements for and responses to nutrients.
UNC Nutrition Research Institute Board of Advisors
Fred T. Brown, Jr., MPH, FACHE,
Col. (ret) USAF
Group Vice President
Carolinas Healthcare System
Byron L. Bullard
John Fennebresque, Jr.
Fennebresque & Co., Investment Banking
Chairman and CEO
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Erika Gantt, M.D.
Managing Director, Life Sciences & Healthcare
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Senior Vice President/Chief Information and Analytics Officer (
Carolina Healthcare System
Rina K. Shah
Vice President, Clinical Programs, Beacon Laboratory Benefit Solutions
Vice Chair, NRI Board of Advisors Chairman, President and CEO, Food Lion, Inc. (Ret.)
Attorney at Law, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. Mayor, City of Charlotte, 1991-1995
President, Carolinas Medical Center, Northeast
James H. Woodward, Ph.D.
James G. Martin, Ph.D.
Governor of NC, 1983-1995
Senior Advisor, McGuire Woods, LLP
Brien Lewis, J.D.