Collaborative, Cross-Disciplinary Science
The NC Research Campus is home to 11 research centers, an emerging product manufacturing and development core, entrepreneurs and community partners. Eight of North Carolina’s renowned universities have research programs here alongside large companies. The number of companies and organizations located at the NC Research Campus multiplies the opportunity for scientists to collaborate across varied disciplines. For example:
The Human Performance Laboratory of Appalachian State University, Dole Foods Nutrition Research Laboratory and the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) collaborated on a human trial that showed for the first time the impact of exercise on polyphenolic absorption and inflammation and oxidation, two underlying causes of chronic disease. Learn more about research involving exercise physiology and immunology as well as research that is enhancing nutrition by deepening the understanding of polyphenols and other phytonutrients.
A group of scientists that includes General Mills, the UNC Charlotte Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics, PHHI and the NCA&T Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies are each researching different aspects of whole grains in order to increase productivity and yield and to validate therapeutic viability to fight diseases like cancer and diabetes. Learn more about whole grain research.
Scientists at UNC Chapel Nutrition Research Institute and the UNC Greensboro Center for Translational Biomedical Research are researching nutrients and their relationship to the cause and potential treatment of alcohol and non-alcohol induced fatty liver disease, a known precursor to liver cancer. Learn more about research into cancer treatment and prevention.
The Plant Pathways Elucidation Project or P2EP is advancing research into plant pathways and genomes. The program is jointly administered by the David H. Murdock Research Institute, the Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory, General Mills, PHHI, UNC General Administration and the UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division. Learn more about P2EP.