UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Diet and Physical Activity in Human Populations Core

Explore our diet research. The Diet and Physical Activity in Human Populations Core offers assistance with assessing parameters in epidemiological studies, including diet assessment tools, conversion of food intake to individual nutrients consumed and to dietary patterns, physical activity assessment, and assistance with interpretation of nutrition epidemiological data. Learn more about the core here.
Message from the NORC Director
“Our ultimate goal is to encourage and facilitate increased, cost-effective, collaboration among multidisciplinary groups of investigators conducting nutrition and obesity-related research."
Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD
Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition

The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center provides support and expertise to scientists studying the role of nutrition and obesity in public health.

Our center is one of 12 centers in the country funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases that is specifically designed to enhance the efficiency, productivity, effectiveness, and multidisciplinary nature of nutrition and obesity-related research. The goals of the UNC NORC are to:

  • Provide resources and support to investigators conducting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in nutritional sciences 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 personnel; and
  • Translate findings from obesity and nutrition research to the general public to use to improve their overall health and well-being.

Free Biostatistics and Clinical Research Support
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Research Facilitation Program
Our Research Facilitation Program provides a variety of bioinformatic and metabolomic options for clinical and translational nutrition research.
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NORC Central
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Home food environments heavily impact children’s diet, study finds
Leslie A. Lytle, PhD, professor of health behavior and nutrition, is co-author of a new study on socioeconomic inequalities in children’s diets. Study findings suggest that the home environment a child lives in has more impact on their diet than their family’s overall socioeconomic status.
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US News ranks UNC Gillings #2 Overall, #1 Public
The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has been ranked the number two school of public health overall – and the number one public school of public health – by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings were released March 10.
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Now Accepting Pre-Proposal Applications for the 2016 Pilot & Feasibility Program
The NORC is currently accepting pre-proposal applications for research projects in nutrition or obesity.
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New NORC Service Ordering Website
Learn more about NORC services through our new service ordering website.
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3 Square Meals Blog
Learn more about nutrition and health resources for senior citizens through this community blog.
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