UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center

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Message from the NORC Co-Director
“Our ultimate goal as a research center is to encourage and facilitate increased, cost-effective, collaboration among multidisciplinary groups of investigators conducting nutrition and obesity-related research studies."
Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD
Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition

The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) 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 Research Support
For NORC research base members
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Research Facilitation Program
Our Research Facilitation Program provides a variety of clinical, bioinformatic and metabolomic options for clinical and translational nutrition research.
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NORC Central
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NIH Extends Funding for the UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center through Second Decade
The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center will receive a $5.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund another five years of research. The award is the fourth time NIH has provided five-year funding for the center.
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Short Course on Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics and Precision Nutrition
May 22-26, 2016
Kannapolis, NC

This workshop-style course will provide the fundamental concepts of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition through cutting edge presentations and hands-on experiences.
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Study Finds Weight Loss Amount is More Important than Diet Type in Reversing Obesity-Cancer Link
Researchers striving to break the link between obesity and cancer have found in a new preclinical study that significant weight loss through calorie restriction, but not moderate weight loss through a low-fat diet, was linked to reduced breast cancer growth.
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SEMINAR: Energy Balance and Beyond: The Power and Limits of Dietary Data
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH
Harvard School of Public Health
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
10:00 AM
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Auditorium (0001 Michael Hooker Research Center)

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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