This year's Foard Lecture event will be a big one for the Nutrition Department. On April 16th we will give student and alumni awards, and gather together to hear keynote speaker, Dr. Marion Nestle.
Message from the Chair
"The UNC nutrition department is a global leader in moving from discovery to delivery across our divisions: Biochemistry, Epidemiology and Intervention and Policy." Read more.
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD
Professor and Chair

The Department of Nutrition is currently recognized as a global leader in research and training, and is unique in that it is the only one in the U.S. that is situated in both a school of public health and a school of medicine.

We have created an innovative program that capitalizes on both these schools’ historical approaches to health, and thus our department has an unusual breadth of scientific and policy approaches, literally spanning from cell to society, moving from discovery to delivery. The work of department faculty and students is carried out throughout North Carolina and spans the globe to communities and populations in China, India, Malawi, Spain and The Philippines, to name a few. Our research strengths in North Carolina and across the globe include:

  • Obesity and related conditions including diabetes, heart disease and some cancers;
  • Role of nutrition and physical activity in preventing and treating disease in diverse populations;
  • Population trends in diet;
  • Influence of nutrients on the immune response to infectious disease, including gene-nutrient interactions and the development of cancer;
  • Relationships between obesity, environment, infection and diabetes; and
  • Role of agriculture and food systems in increasing food access, improving dietary intake and promoting economic development.

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Faculty Spotlight

Nutrition MPH student, Will Chapman was awarded the $50K grand prize at the Institute for Emerging issues Forum for his business,  Seal the Seasons which revolutionizing how farmers, institutions, retailers, and hunger relief work interacts. He plans to use the money to apply to a USDA  rural development grant that requires cost sharing. Will currently has other investment partners and much success after his business was chosen by the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School for its merit and service to North Carolinians. Seal the Seasons assesses the market opportunity between farmers and consumers, bringing wholesome and nutritious food to schools and childcare facilities first. Read more here!


We are working on finalizing our Fall 2015 Seminar schedule. It is looking spectacular so far! See our EXCITING Spring Seminar Schedule Below:

The Nutrition Department Seminar Series SPRING schedule has been released. All seminars will be held in 2301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall on Fridays at 2 pm.

February 13th, 2 pm: Dr. Natalia Krupenko
March 20th, 2 pm: Dr. Steve Hursting
April 10th, 2 pm: Dr. Deb Tate


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