Nutrition Research Kitchen and Metabolic Support Service


The Clinical Nutrition Research Service and Metabolic Kitchen at UNC Healthcare offer a variety of nutrition research assistance to complement your clinical studies.

Contact us to assist with all stages of the feeding study. Our dietitians will assist with the design and development of specific research diets. The metabolic kitchen uses computer software (ProNutra, Food Processor and USDA databases) to meet the nutritional medical issues (i.e., allergies), while remaining culturally appropriate.

In addition to our nutrition services, we offer both staff and resources to assist with specific body composition assessment needs. These services include the following measures: Indirect Calorimetry to assess individual’s energy expenditures; Bioelectrical Impedance, one of the most reliable, fast and safe ways to measure six key body composition elements; and Bone Sonometer to assess bone mineral density.

  • Initial Consultation
  • Research Diet Design and Production
  • Study implementation and Support
  • Staff training
  • Indirect Calorimetry testing
  • Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA)
  • Clinical Bone Sonometer
  • Timed and regular meals for inpatient and outpatient studies
  • Pack-out meals

Current Studies

  • Dietary Modification of Fatty Acids for Pain Control
  • Dietary Modification of Fatty Acids for Bipolar Disorder
  • Pharmacokinetic/Food Effect Bioavailability in HIV patients
  • Dietary Intake of Fats in Type 2 Diabetes
  • Indirect Calorimetry in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Antioxidant Intake and Influence on Pulmonary Function
  • Nutrient Intake Affecting Cytochrome p450

For more information contact:

Clinical Nutrition Research Manager
A.J. Smith, DVM, MS, RD, LDN
Dept. of Nutrition and Food Services
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 966-4747

Research Assistants

Ashley Harper and Brittany McCombs