About the Nutrition Obesity Research Center

The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (UNC NORC) is one of 12 research centers in the country funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases that is specifically designed to provide support and expertise to scientists studying the role of nutrition and obesity in public health. Since the NORC’s inception in 1999, the Center has facilitated the development and transfer of cutting-edge research from the laboratory to the general public for a wide range of research studies.

The goals of the UNC NORC are to:

•   Provide resources and support to investigators conducting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in
•   nutrition and obesity
•   Enhance the impact and presence of nutrition and obesity research at UNC
•   Strengthen clinical nutrition training programs for medical students, practicing physicians, and allied health
•   Translate findings from obesity and nutrition research to the general public to use to improve their overall health

Our research is organized around six central themes:

•   Causes and Prevention of Obesity
•   Clinical Nutrition
•   Metabolic Responses and Requirements for Nutrients
•   Nutrition and Chronic Diseases in Populations
•   Nutrition Interventions and Nutrition Behaviors
•   Pregnancy, Child Growth, and Development

The Center provides supports to nutrition and obesity investigators through a variety of research cores, research labs and support programs:

•   Administrative Core
•   Diet and Physical Activity in Human Populations Core
•   Metabolic Molecular Phenotyping Core
•   Communication for Health Applications and Interventions (CHAI) Core
•   Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core
•   Nutrigenetics Core
•   Atomic Absorption Spectrometry Lab
•   Digital Histology and Quantitative Analysis Lab
•   Research Support and Facilitation Programs (Biostatistics, Clinical Research, Bioinformatics, Metabolomics)