UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
About the Nutrition Obesity Research Center

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The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) is one of 11 research centers in the country funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases that is specifically designed to provide support and expertise to scientists studying the role of nutrition and obesity in public health.

Since the NORC’s inception in 1999, the Center has facilitated the development and transfer of cutting-edge research from the laboratory to the general public for a wide range of research studies.

The goals of the UNC NORC are to:

  • Provide resources and support to investigators conducting multidisciplinary research in nutrition 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
  • Translate findings from obesity and nutrition research to the general public to use to improve their overall health

Our research is organized around five central themes:

  • The Causes and Prevention of Obesity
  • Clinical Nutrition and Chronic Diseases in Populations
  • Metabolic Responses, Metabolic Variation and Requirements for Nutrients
  • Nutritional Interventions and Nutrition Behaviors
  • Pregnancy, Child Growth and Development

The Center provides supports to nutrition and obesity investigators through a variety of research cores, labs and support programs:

  • Administrative Core
  • Metabolomics and Exposome Core
  • Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core
  • Nutritional Genomics and Microbiome Core
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy Lab
  • Clinical and Community Assessment and Intervention Core:
    • Intervention Sub-Core
    • Behavioral Assessment Sub-Core
    • Clinical Intervention