UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)

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 11 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.

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.

Our Goals

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.

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Our Approach

The UNC NORC is organized around four interdisciplinary approaches to solving problems in nutrition/obesity research:

  • Basic Science and Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Chronic Diseases in Populations
  • Precision Nutrition: Metabolic Responses, Metabolic Variation, and Requirements for Nutrients
  • Understanding and Changing Diet- and Obesity-Related Behavior

Our Research Cores, Labs and Support Programs

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

  • Administrative Core
    • Enrichment Program
    • Pilot and Feasibility Program
  • Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core
    • Assessment of Energy Expenditure
    • Live-cell Metabolic Phenotyping
  • Clinical and Community Human Assessment and Intervention Core:
    • Behavioral Assessment
    • Clinical Assessment
    • Intervention
  • Metabolism and Metabolomics Core
    • Atomic Absorption Spectrometry Lab
    • Targeted and Broad Spectrum Analysis
    • Untargeted Analysis via Mass Spectrometry
  • Nutritional Genomics and Microbiome Core
    • Microbiome Analysis
    • Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics

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