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 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 and practicing physicians
  • Translate findings from obesity and nutrition research to the general public to use to improve their overall health

The Center is comprised of several research cores and lab facilities:

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