UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
Core Services

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The Administrative Core is responsible for the overall business administration and daily management of the NORC.

the Administrative Core will set the overall direction of the NORC and ensure optimal utilization of NORC resources.      – See more at:

The Administrative Core sets the overall direction of the NORC and ensures optimal utilization of all Center resources. The Core provides scientific leadership, research oversight, budgetary management, and administrative support for the research center.

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The Human Assessment and Intervention: Diet and Physical Activity Sub-Core offers methodological resources and expertise to promote the science of diet and physical activity in the human population.

The Diet and Physical Activity  Sub-Core’s expertise ensures that investigators use the latest methods for diet and physical activity assessment in their research studies, and allows them to utilize the infrastructure (personnel, software and equipment) that exists within the Core rather than create their own duplicate capacity. [Learn more about services]

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The Metabolomics and Metabolic Molecular Phenotyping Core provides cutting edge metabolomics, biochemistry methods and molecular biology techniques for nutrition research.

The Metabolomics and Metabolic Molecular Phenotyping Core offers cost-effective assays and facilitates the use of biomarkers in nutrition research. Additionally, metabolomics, the profiling of the many small molecules in blood, urine or tissues, provides an opportunity for investigators to obtain a snapshot of metabolism.  [Learn more about services]

norc_chai-coreHuman Assessment and Intervention: CHAI Sub-Core is a one-stop for investigators looking to add value to their research studies in the areas of technology, user inquiry, and graphic design.

The CHAI (Connected Health Applications and Interventions)  Sub-Core uses state-of-the-art technologies to facilitate the translation of traditional evidence-based interventions into effective web- and mobile-based interventions in nutrition and obesity. [Learn more about services]

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The Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core provides contemporary phenotyping techniques for metabolism and energy balance in mouse models of nutrition and disease.

The Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core offers support and expertise for measuring traits related to metabolism in mouse models of obesity and nutritionally relevant disease. With locations in Chapel Hill and Kannapolis, the Core provides access to methods and populations to support energy balance components in mice. [Learn more about services]

norc_nutrigenetics core_home pageThe Nutritional Genomics and Microbiome Core is an all-encompassing support system for investigators conducting research on nutrigenetic and microbiome aspects of obesity and obesity-related diseases.

The Nutritional Genomics and Microbiome Core assists investigators with identifying genetic factors and interactions that affect an individual’s needs and responses to nutrients and susceptibility to obesity, and identifies high-utility targets for prevention and treatment. [Learn more about services]

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The Clinical Nutrition Research Facilitation Program provides support and expertise for clinical and translational research in nutrition and obesity.

The Clinical Nutrition Program is two-fold. It consists of the Metabolic & Nutrition Research Core at UNC Healthcare which offers a variety of nutrition research assistance to complement clinical studies. It also includes the Human Assessment & Intervention: Clinical Assessment Sub-Core at the NRI which provides metabolic assessment services including whole room calorimeter, body composition, clinical support, and meal preparation in a metabolic kitchen. [Learn more about services]