Hearty Congratulations to our Student Services Manager, Joanne Lee (left), who was just recognized with the Staff Excellence Award for 2014. We are so proud and grateful for her hard work. Pictured here with Nutrition Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis
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

Research Professor in Nutrition, Dr. Philip A. May, along with his colleagues, found that nearly 5% of all U.S. Children have some form of fetal alcohol exposure disorder. This important work, done at the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in Kannapolis, is presented in “Prevalence and Characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,” published online in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read more about the study 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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