Appalachian State

Joint Life Science Caucus Visits the NC Research Campus

April 06, 2018

The original story was published by NCBIO.

The Legislative Life Science Caucus members heard about nutrition and physiology research under way at the North Carolina Research Campus, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Presenters from Appalachian State University, told lawmakers the “Collaborative Approach to Human Performance Research” that it is undertaking with support from North Carolina State University’s “Plants for Human Health” initiative and Dole Food Company.

Dr. David Nieman, Director of the Lab, told legislators that “moderate exercise can reduce the incidence of colds and other illnesses.” The group also outlined the benefits of blueberries, apples, bananas, grapes and other fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Cory Brouwer, Director of the UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division, stated, “research at the Campus has opportunity to impact human lives here in North Carolina and around the world.” UNCC’s Bioinformatics expertise helps researchers discover associations between nutrition, disease and genetic make-up.

While touring the Research Campus’ facilities, lawmakers also heard from representatives the UNC-CH Nutrition Research Institute, NCCU Nutrition Research Program, the David H. Murdoch Research Institute, the NC State Food Processing and Innovation Center and a private company at the Campus, Endev Laboratories.

During a luncheon, Life Science Co-Chair Senator Tamara Barringer (R-Wake) said the Caucus is visiting a variety of life science sites to find about “the wonderful things happening in life sciences across the State.” Co-Chair Representative Susan Martin (R-Wilson) added, “North Carolina is a leader in this industry, and we want to stay there so we will be emphasizing that in making policy and funding decisions.”

Sam Taylor, President of NCBIO, said, “The tours give lawmakers a chance to see the variety of opportunities and contributions the life science industry and academic partners are making to the overall economy of the state. The visit to the NCRC highlighted research that will improve human health and assist in crop development.”

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