A Brief History of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute

October 21, 2013

Founded in 2008, the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) is a cornerstone of the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis and home to highly-regarded faculty members, students and research technicians exploring nutritional individuality as it relates to brain development and the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

Here scientists study nutrigenomics – how nutrition changes the ways genes function and how genes change nutrient requirements – and metabolomics – the measurement of thousands of chemicals which make up personal metabolism.

Over the past five years, the NRI has been awarded more than $26 million in grants and contracts from companies, foundations and the federal government. Local people have been hired for jobs in the Institute’s laboratories and local vendors have benefitted from money spent for equipment and supplies.

Looking to the future, the NRI has a bold mission: to develop the field of individualized nutrition. Understanding why metabolism and nutrient requirements differ from person to person will enable our scientists to discover nutrition-based solutions to overcome health challenges.

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