UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Calorimetry instrumentation used by the Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core lab to evaluate and interpret energy expenditure in mice.
Message from the NORC Director
“Our ultimate goal is to 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.


Lunch & Learn
Applying Metabolomics in Rodent Models to Complete the Picture in Genetic, Nutrition, and Obesity Studies
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
1301 McGavran-Greenberg
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Free Nutrition & Obesity Research Support
The NORC provides free biostatistics and clinical research support to our  members.
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NORC Central
Learn more about all 12 Nutrition Obesity Research Centers in one central location!img_centers


Online Nutrition Curriculum Wins Approval
Nutrition in Medicine (NIM), an online curriculum for medical students developed by Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD and Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, has been recognized by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
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The Atlantic – The Diet Coke Weight-Gain Paradox
As pervasive as aspartame, sucralose, stevia, and other low-calorie sweeteners have become, understanding their health effects is relatively basic. Barry Popkin, PhD, wrote in a recent literature review that since most artificial sweeteners aren’t consumed in isolation, that’s not really an issue.
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Now Accepting Pre-Proposal Applications!
The 2015 Pilot & Feasibility Grant Program
Deadline: October 15 ,2014
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Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security in Peru
Presented by Hilary M. Creed-Kanashiro, BSc, MPH
Monday, Septemeber 29, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
2308 McGavran-Greenberg

Building More Effective eInterventions Through Functional Design Workshop
Friday, October 31, 2014
8:00 am-12:00 pm
NC Botanical Gardens in the Reeves Auditorium North
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Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) Pilot
Grant Program

Deadline: October 14, 2014
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