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New Strategies for Breast Cancer Prevention Tied to Diabetes Drugs, Diet

Research by breast cancer expert Xiaohe Yang, M.D., Ph.D., shows that well-known drugs for type 2 diabetes and dietary factors may be the key to breast cancer prevention.    Kannapolis, N.C.– Research published in the last year by Xiaohe Yang, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor at North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Nutrition Research Program at the North […]

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Shedding Light on Genetic Associations with Liver Cancer

Read the original article from the UNC Nutrition Research Institute. Many of the genes we study at the NRI are involved in nutrient metabolism. One of the ways we can learn about what a gene does is to delete it in an animal model and then see how the gene-deleted animals differ from normal animals. […]

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Whole Grains Prevent Chronic Lifestyle Diseases in More Ways Than One

Whole grains have more health benefits to offer other than those from consuming fiber. These plant foods are also unique and rich sources of phytochemicals, bioactive compounds exclusively produced by plants that lower the risk of chronic disease. Whole grains contain dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, and phytochemicals, but only the former two components have […]

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Finding Strategies to Prevent Breast Cancer

Breast cancer expert Xiaohe Yang, MD, PhD, tackles this complex disease and the many factors involved in its treatment, prevention, and progression. Xiaohe Yang, MD, PhD, knows there is not a “one-size-fits-all” cure for breast cancer. He and his research team are instead identifying the factors involved in different breast cancer subtypes, testing novel preventative […]

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Importance of Ratio in Essential Fatty Acids

Read the original article from the UNC Nutrition Research Institute. While omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies have been clearly linked to memory and learning problems in rodent models, studies involving dietary supplementation have produced mixed results. A contributing factor could be that the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet is a more […]

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Breast Cancer Subtype Important in Deciding Impact of Folate

Read the original article from the UNC Nutrition Research Institute. It is generally known that folate (vitamin B9) is important in early pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects in babies, because folate is needed by rapidly dividing cells (e.g., those of a developing embryo) for DNA synthesis and cellular energy production. As a consequence, many […]

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Top Fitness Findings and Practical Tips from Dr. David Nieman

Fitness is not necessarily about running a marathon, having big muscles, or spending a lot of time and money on a gym membership. Fitness is a lifestyle, and it is made up of nutritious food choices and a regular exercise schedule. David Nieman, DrPH, is a pioneer in the field of exercise immunology and directs […]

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Use the Mediterranean Diet as a Tool to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle

Touted by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as well as experts at the NC Research Campus and around the world, the Mediterranean diet is based on plant foods and is closely associated with a reduction in disease and overall mortality. “There’s nothing easy about staying thin in this modern day and era,” stressed David […]

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What We’re Learning about Mom’s Nutrition and Alcohol

Read the original article from the UNC Nutrition Research Institute. Dr. Phil May’s research group at the NRI studies the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in humans. The recent addition to the NRI faculty of Dr. Susan Smith now provides an avenue toward understanding how maternal nutrition might affect the relationship between alcohol […]

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One Scientist’s 40-Year Journey to the First NIH-Endorsed FASD Diagnostic Criteria

After 40 years of research on FASD, 20 of which were in South Africa, Dr. Philip May and his research team have reached a significant milestone: the first NIH endorsed diagnostic criteria. After almost 40 years of research, Philip May, PhD, a leading expert in the field of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and his […]

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Discovery MS Launches at the NC Research Campus

 Discovery MS, a non-profit research initiative housed in the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) on the NC Research Campus, just north of Charlotte, NC, launched with an announcement of several ongoing multiple sclerosis research projects.    People with multiple sclerosis (MS), scientists and philanthropists joined together this week to launch Discovery MS, a non-profit […]

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Lollipops Software Automates and Simplifies Genomic Data Analysis

The new user-friendly Lollipops software from the UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division is a one-stop shop for processing genotyping data and reporting results that are both concise and organized into meaningful graphics. The interface is usable by both non-technical users and bioinformaticists alike, and it requires minimal manual intervention. UNC Charlotte Research Associate Dr. Jeremy Jay […]

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Do Eggs Cause Heart Disease?

Read the original article from the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute. Several recent studies linked increased levels of a metabolic product of dietary choline with higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) (Wang et al., 2011; Tanget al., 2013) through a mechanism that involved gut microbiota-produced trimethylamine oxide (TMAO). These studies have sparked considerable scientific […]

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Nutrition Research Institute Shows Choline Is Essential To A Normal Diet

Read the original University of North Carolina article by Phillip Ramati here. Though it’s present in a variety of foods and an essential part of a person’s diet, many people may not have heard of the nutrient choline. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Nutrition Research Institute, located at the NC Research […]

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Detecting Diseases Early: CTBR Scientists Combat Human Metabolic Illnesses

Excerpt from “Detecting diseases early” by Stephen Martin. Read the complete story in the 2016 spring issue of UNCG Research Magazine. From their lab at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou and Dr. Qibin Zhang enjoy a commanding view of both the past and the future. In the distance sit the […]

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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Increase Risk for Hyperuricemia

According to the CDC, sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the average American’s diet, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend individuals consume no more than ten percent of calories per day from processed or added sugar. From the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), scientists are investigating the connection between […]

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Flavonoid-Fish Oil Mix Reduces Inflammation in Obese Individuals

Diet improvement and changes in exercise habits is the infallible formula for weight loss. Most people don’t know individuals can also be hampered by inflammation and oxidative stress when they are overweight or obese. Director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab at the NC Research Campus (NCRC), David Nieman, DrPH, in collaboration with […]

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Scott Smith: PhD Student, Graduate Mentor, and Father of Three

Scott Smith is more than a PhD student. He’s a father to three small children who is about one year away from finishing his degree in Plant and Microbial Biology from North Carolina State University, and he is one of the original graduate mentors in the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP). P2EP, a graduate training […]

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NRI Researcher Links Choline Deficiency to Impaired Brain Structure

Natalia Surzenko is part of a team of researchers at the UNC-Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) located on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis focusing their efforts on brain development. Her current goal is to determine the role of choline as an essential nutrient for development of the cerebral cortex. The NRI’s […]

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P2EP Graduate Mentor Researches Solutions for Soybean Pest

Soybeans are a remarkable source of protein as well as vitamins, minerals and fiber. Soybean protein is so valued that it is used in numerous food products from baked goods to beverages. To keep up with demand, the US Department of Agriculture reports that soybeans are the second-most-planted field crop in the United States after […]

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Cheatham Lab’s B.E.R.R.Y. Study Preliminary Conclusions

This article on the B.E.R.R.Y Study originally appeared in the Cheatham Chat, a newsletter of the Cheatham Nutrition and Cognition Laboratory at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute.   As we age, we experience gradual cognitive decline as our brains process things slower and our ability to remember things decreases. Blueberries contain anthocyanins, which have been […]

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UNC-G Scientists Discover Link Between Zinc Deficiency and ROS Buildup in ALD

Scientists from the UNC Greensboro Center for Translational Biomedical Research made unprecedented connections between alcohol-induced hepatic zinc deficiency and a defect in the mitochondria in their American Journal of Physiological: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology paper: “Defect of mitochondrial respiratory chain is a mechanism of ROS overproduction in a rat model of alcoholic liver disease: role […]

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P2EP Veteran Samantha Case, a Scientist Shaped by Blueberries, Broccoli and Summer Interns 

One more year of dissertation writing and graduate student Samantha Case will earn the right to add “PhD” to the end of her name. Case’s journey from undergraduate biology major to budding scientist is defined by blueberry and broccoli metabolomics research and the experience of simultaneously mentoring summer interns as part of the Plant Pathways […]

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Shengmin Sang Leading NC A&T to Front of Fight on Cancer

Read the original article on Diverse Issues in Higher Education. A prolific scholar and 2015 winner of the Research Article of the Year award from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Dr. Shengmin Sang is helping to position historically Black North Carolina A&T State University (N.C. A&T) into a center of cutting-edge cancer research. […]

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MURDOCK Study Data Show Physical Decline Starts Earlier than Previously Detected

Physical declines begin sooner in life than typically detected, often when people are still in their 50s, according to a Duke Health study that focused on a large group of U.S. adults across a variety of age groups. The finding suggests that efforts to maintain basic strength and endurance should begin before age 50, when it’s still […]

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New Graduate Student Flourishes During First Summer with PHHI and P2EP

        Kelsey Zielinski arrived for her first day as a graduate student at the N.C. State Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) on April 15, and she met her group of interns with the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) just one month later. Flash forward another month, and she is teaching her […]

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The Sweet Reality of Eating Nutritious Fruits

This time of year, fresh fruits abound. No matter whether the fruit you eat is fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, all of the varieties offer a plethora of flavors, colors and, most importantly, health benefits. No “Anti-Nutrients” In fruits, you will find phytochemicals, fiber, and nutrients like potassium and vitamin C that your body needs to […]

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P2EP Internship Shapes the Future for Next Generation of Scientists

A news release from the Plants for Human Health Institute. KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – In the world of academic research, the saying goes, “Publish or perish.” Through their participation in the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), Holli Chandler and Claire Thetford had publication No. 1 on their resume before they finished their undergraduate studies. Their work in […]

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Bioactive Brief: Ginger-Derived Compounds Activate Cytoprotective Molecules

In an innovative study from NC Research Campus partners at the NC A&T Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies (the Sang lab) and the NC Central Nutrition Research Program (the Leung lab), scientists discovered four novel, cytoprotective compounds derived from dry ginger that act as the “most potent Nrf2 activators” in a zebrafish embryo model. The […]

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Raising the Bar: NCSU’s Protein-Polyphenol Mix Creates Soft, Shelf-stable, Protein-packed Functional Foods

NASA plans to have humans on Mars by 2036, which means they need to figure out how to feed astronauts and keep them healthy for the three-year round-trip without weighing down the spacecraft. Mary Ann Lila, PhD, director of the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the NC Research Campus, has […]

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Carrot Genome Sequence Offers Insight into Carotenoid Accumulation, Evolution

Read the original article on the carrot research on the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute website. Massimo Iorizzo is part of a worldwide research group that published  the most complete vegetable genome assemblies to date of the carrot in Nature Genetics.  Dr. Massimo Iorizzo joined N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) in the […]

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Bioactive Brief: Targeting Hepatic PPAR Gamma Signaling To Treat Alcoholic Liver Disease

A certain signaling pathway in the liver has been identified as a factor in the progression of alcoholic liver disease, report scientists from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Center for Translational Biomedical Research at the NC Research Campus. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) signaling governs several processes in the body tissues such as […]

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NCRC Partnership Finds New Evidence Linking Exercise and Immunity

A collaborative research initiative at the NC Research Campus looks into the effects of exercise on NK cells, uncovering new evidence about the link between physical activity and immunity.  In 1990, David Nieman, DrPH, discovered that marathon runners experienced higher levels of upper respiratory infections after competing. He also found out one reason why. The […]

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Breaking Down the Dietary Guidelines – Understanding Fats

Bad fats, good fats, cholesterol, triglycerides− what’s the difference anyway? This week at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, we continue with our series on the new federal dietary guidelines focusing on understanding fats. The fats that are a healthy part of a balanced diet, and those that are not.   The federal dietary […]

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Prostate Cancer Research: MURDOCK Study, Duke Cancer Institute and DHMRI Partner

Duke Cancer Institute, the MURDOCK Study and the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) are collaborating on prostate cancer research in hopes of better understanding why African American men frequently have a more aggressive form of the disease. The MURDOCK Study will provide samples from more than 600 MURDOCK Study participants for the project, “Population-level interrogation of novel alternatively spliced […]

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Cancer, Obesity and Diet- New Research from UNC NRI

Watch Dr. Hursting talk about his latest findings on WJZY/Fox News Charlotte. Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH, with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, leads a team of researchers who explore the link between cancer, obesity and […]

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Bioactive Brief: Hexaploid Oats Are Dense with Beta-Glucan

At the Plant & Animal Genome Conference XXIV in San Diego, California, scientists with the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, North Carolina led a poster presentation on their study of hexaploid oat genetics, a cereal plant with large amounts of nutritious beta-glucan. Boosting beta-glucan production […]

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Breaking Down the Dietary Guidelines – Eating Whole Grains

Whole grains are the topic of our latest article explaining the new recommendations in the most recent federal dietary guidelines. University and corporate scientists at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, North Carolina, are devoted to providing scientific evidence supporting consumption of plant-based foods, like whole grains. The new dietary guidelines recommend eating grains […]

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UNCC, NC Central, and Carolinas HealthCare Collaborate on Pancreatic Cancer Research

Scientists from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina Central University’s Nutrition Research Program at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC, and the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC have teamed up to identify molecular targets in the signaling pathway for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) tumors. Their study was published in the […]

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Breaking Down the New Dietary Guidelines – 4 Reasons To Eat Vegetables

Continuing our series on the new dietary guidelines, researchers from the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, North Carolina, share their insight into why you should eat more vegetables and how you can incorporate them into your daily diet. Eating enough veggies The newest dietary guidelines recommend regularly eating a variety of vegetables: “dark green, […]

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Pregnancy, Drinking and Diet: Researchers Urge Women to Consider Their “Whole Health” when Pregnant 

Scientists at the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute are developing a “whole health” message for pregnant mothers emphasizing evidence-based, nutritional research that empowers them to make their own decisions on everything from drinking to dietary choices. Don’t eat this. Don’t drink that. In the face of recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]

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Bioactive Brief: Investigating the Anti-Diabetic Effects of Compounds in Apples, Tea, and Ginger

Scientists from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, one of the research partners at the NC Research Campus, published a study this month in the journal Phytomedicine examining the prevention of diabetic complications from cytotoxic compounds and their anti-diabetic effects. A compound called methylglyoxal can […]

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Bioactive Brief: Fruits and Vegetables to Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk

In a recent editorial in the journal Medicine & Aromatic Plants, Leonard Williams, PhD, director of the North Carolina A&T State University Center for Excellence in Post-harvest Technologies, described how the phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables could prevent colorectal cancer. According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer […]

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Breaking Down the New Dietary Guidelines – Sugar

At the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, North Carolina, university and corporate scientists are devoted to identifying connections between fruits, vegetables, and the beneficial nutrients they have to offer in a daily diet. A series of articles over the next six weeks will break down the fundamentals of the new dietary guidelines and illustrate […]

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New Assay Can Improve Health Appeal of Antioxidant-based Products

The UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute at the NC Research Campus developed a new and more reliable method to measure antioxidant capacity. The assay is available to companies investing in antioxidants to improve the health appeal of their products.    The global market for natural antioxidants is a multi-million dollar industry today, but by […]

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Folate — Friend or Foe?

By Alyssa LaFaro and Mary Lide Parkers Read the original article in Endeavors, the magazine of research and creativity at UNC Chapel Hill UNC Nutrition Research Institute scientists focus on folate, a vitamin once considered critical for health, to learn how much the body needs to function properly.  Cereal, pasta, bread, cookies. What do they all […]

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Bananas and Pears Improve Athletic Performance and Recovery

A new study identified the capability of bananas and pears to improve athletic performance, while simultaneously providing healthy nutrients to reduce inflammation and improve recovery time from intense exercise.   Athletes who want to improve their performance should stop by the grocery store on their way to the gym and pick up some bananas and […]

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NC A&T and NC State Team Up to Reduce Complications from Peanut Allergies

Scientists at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC  are collaborating on a USDA grant to develop a hypoallergenic peanut flour that the food industry will be able to use to decrease the incidence of complications from peanut allergenicity. Scientists at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC have teamed up to develop […]

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Resveratrol-based prodrug may be a safe aspirin substitute

New research from the North Carolina A&T State University at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC confirmed that a patented, resveratrol-based prodrug reduces aspirin side effects and enhances the anti-cancer properties of both aspirin and resveratrol. Aspirin is recognized as the over-the-counter-drug for pain and fever relief and the prevention of cardiovascular disease, […]

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Slow Recovery After Running? Here’s why and what to do about it.

New research from David Nieman, DrPH, with the Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Lab on the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, pinpoints the long-term effects of marathon running on muscle glycogen levels, recovery time and inflammation.   David Nieman, DrPH, with the Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Lab on the NC Research […]

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Human Clinical Trial Participation: The Inside Scoop

I gave blood samples, drank smoothies blended from whole fruits and vegetables, and limited my diet – all in the name of science. I was one of 25 people between the ages of 21 and 45 with a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 27.0 recruited by the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute […]

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UNC Human Research Core Invites Nutrigenomic Research to NCRC

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute’s Human Research Core is open for business to researchers on and off the NC Reserch Campus, especially those interested in nutrigenomic studies. By Kara Marker, NC Research Campus Marketing Intern Even though hundreds of study participants and numerous researchers have taken advantage of the Human Research Core in the UNC […]

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Berries the “Go To” Health Food: International Collaboration of Scientists Builds the Case

Scientists in North Carolina and New Zealand are collaborating and engaging with growers to build the scientific evidence to  convince consumers that berries are nature’s “go to” health food. By Jennifer Woodford, NCRC/DHMRI Media & Communications Manager  Kannapolis, NC- When consumers crave tasty, healthy and convenient foods, scientists at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) and […]

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New study: More Birth Defects Caused By Drinking During Pregnancy Than Previously Reported

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in the United States has long been estimated at no more than three children per 1,000. A new study published in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence reports that the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is between 3 and 8 per 1,000 and when combined with partial FAS (PFAS) […]

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Polysaccharide Gums Keep Probiotics Alive in Yogurt, New Study Finds

More companies are building brands around probiotics. The challenge is keeping the probiotic cultures alive in products like yogurt so that consumers get the health benefits they are promised. New research published in the Journal of Nutritional Health & Food Engineering found that specific polysaccharide gums promote the growth of probiotics in yogurt. “Probiotics are very sensitive to […]

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Taking Sweet Potatoes Beyond the Thanksgiving Feast

By Megan Bame, NC State Plants for Human Health Institute Read the original story. KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Like many other holiday foods, sweet potatoes are available year-round, but mysteriously reserved for seasonal feasts on most American tables. As fall approaches, the color palate of magazine spreads change from bright summer hues to mostly orange, burgundy, […]

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Plant Compounds Delay Diabetic Complications, Offer New Treatment Options

Research from Shengmin Sang, PhD, at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC, is proving that ginger compounds and some flavonoids are effective at stopping physiological processes that lead to diabetic complications.   Scientific evidence is building that plant compounds may be a safe and effective alternative to approved pharmaceutical treatments for type 2 diabetes […]

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New Study Shows How Phytochemicals Build Natural Defenses against Free Radicals

A new study from scientists at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC, found that certain phytochemicals build natural, cellular defenses against damaging free radicals and reactive oxygen species dispelling other popular theories of how some antioxidants work. A collaborative study by scientists at the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) and the […]

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New Approach to Treat Alcoholic Liver Disease Identified

A study by Zhanxiang Zhou, PhD, co-director of the UNC Greensboro Center for Translational Biomedical Research,  found evidence of a pharmacological approach that in animal models reversed some of the effects of alcoholic liver disease. It’s sweet. It’s bitter. It’s tangy and even tart. The tastes and types of alcohol seem endless. Despite the variety, alcohol […]

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Potential Biomarkers for Crohn’s Disease Advance Diabetes Research

A scientist based at the NC Research Campus helped identify potential protein biomarkers for sub-types of Crohn’s disease. The discovery is also advancing research into biomarkers for type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune disorders.   Many people may not link type 1 diabetes (T1D) and Crohn’s Disease. Qibin Zhang, PhD, co-director of the UNC Greensboro […]

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What rivalry? Duke, UNC Collaboration at North Carolina Research Campus

By Emily Ford, MURDOCK Study MURDOCK Study samples in collaboration with UNC Nutrition Research Institute help scientists with male fertility study.  It took Summer Goodson, PhD, nearly a year to find six men genetically qualified to participate in a sperm function study at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in Kannapolis. Male fertility is still a […]

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Rhodiola Rosea Study Provides More Evidence Polyphenols Protect Against Viral Infection  

  A new study published by the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus strengthens the case for the anti-viral effects of plant-based polyphenols. Human trials with marathon runners found that the herb Rhodiola rosea protects against viral infection. These findings build on previous human trials that demonstrate the anti-viral activity […]

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Dole Chef Inspires a Healthy Taste for Nutrition

As the first Director of Culinary Nutrition for the Dole Nutrition Institute (DNI), Mark Allison, an award winning chef, culinary educator and author, hangs his chef whites next to lab coats and lines his cookbooks up next to scientific journals. He works with plant, food and nutritional scientists at the NC Research Campus (NCRC), where […]

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The Skinny on Trans Fat

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June took the final step to ban partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) or trans fat when they announced that food manufacturers have three years to remove them completely from processed foods. Addressing the importance of the ban, Rishipal Bansode, PhD, research scientist with NCA&T Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest […]

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Watermelon may hold secrets for a healthy future

By Lisa Thornton, correspondent to the Charlotte Observer Read the original article, subscription required.   Someday, watermelon may play a part in fighting cancer. It may save lives in the poorest regions of Africa. It may even stave off a nasty sunburn at the beach. One thing is for sure: Watermelon isn’t just for eating […]

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Chia Seeds Do Not Enhance Athletic Performance, Study Finds

A study published in the May edition of the journal Nutrients debunks the widely reported and accepted belief that chia seeds are a natural performance booster for athletes. “It is all a bunch of hype and hope mixed together,” stated David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, lead author of the study entitled “No Positive Influence of Ingesting […]

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Pioneering Microalgae as a Therapeutic Production Platform

Summary:  Researchers at the NC  Research Campus are some of the first recipients  of a University of North Carolina Research Opportunities Initiative grant. With the funding,  they are collaborating with scientists at other campuses  to research the use of microalgae as a new platform  to produce  therapeutics.    “We want to put North Carolina on […]

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Human Performance Lab Validates Non-invasive Method to Measure Muscle Glycogen

Summary:  Muscle glycogen levels directly impact an athlete’s performance. The standard method to measure muscle glycogen requires an invasive muscle biopsy. The Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus has validated a non-invasive ultrasound technology created by MuscleSound® of Denver, Colorado that measures muscle glycogen just as effectively.    Researchers in exercise […]

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GCxGC-MS Adds a New Dimension to Metabolomic Profiling

Read the original article at www.dhmri.org. DHMRI scientists validated the use of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC×GC-MS) for metabolite biomarker discovery. Although other laboratories have similar instrumentation, GC x GC-MS tends to be under-used. With the study, DHMRI added the capability to the services of the Analytical Sciences Laboratory (ASL), which encompasses metabolomics, […]

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Pinpointing Individual Susceptibility for Heart Disease

Summary: Brian Bennett, PhD, with the UNC Nutrition Research Institute at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis is developing new scientific approaches to uncover individual susceptibility to heart disease. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. That is the first advice that people who need to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) receive. But what […]

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Beyond Beakers to Bioinformatics

As written for Cabarrus Magazine. Bioinformatics plays a critical role in scientific findings involving disease prevention and treatment, the creation of healthy food products and new varieties of fruits and vegetables. But you may be asking, “Bio what?” “That’s the first question I always get,” remarked Cory Brouwer, PhD, director of the UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics […]

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Study Shows New Mechanism for the Prevention of HER2/neu Breast Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, up to 30 percent of all breast cancer patients are HER2/neu positive. This means they have too much of the HER2/neu growth-promoting protein, which causes the development of an aggressive form of breast cancer. Although several drugs are available to treat HER2/neu producing breast cancer, such as Trastuzumab (Herceptin) […]

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Go Fish! Zebrafish Advance Cancer Research

In the fight against cancer, zebrafish may seem like an unlikely weapon. For TinChung Leung, PhD, with the North Carolina Central University Nutrition Research Program at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, zebrafish have the potential to deliver the answers to some of the most fundamental questions about cancer. Namely how tumors grow and […]

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Please Play with Your Fruits & Vegetables  

If you think you fruits and vegetables (F&V) are not the foods for you, you may be wrong. After all, there are thousands of F&V in the world. To find the ones that taste good to you and your family, all you need to do is play a little with your food. Set up experiments […]

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Solving the Mystery of Tea Metabolism

Second only to water, tea is the most popular drink in the world. It can be hot. It can be iced. It comes in numerous flavors and types. The American Tea Association reports that black tea is the most popular, followed by green, oolong and white. Research links consumption of tea to the reduction of […]

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From the NCRC to New Zealand, Scientists Ask: Can Polyphenols Get You Fitter Faster?

In the Exercise and Sports Science Laboratory at Queens University in Charlotte, two students pedal stationary bicycles rotating between one-minute intervals of heavy exertion and 75 seconds at a slower, resting pace. These students are just two out of a total of 60 who will endure these workouts three times a week for four weeks […]

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Wed to Good Health

As written for Cabarrus Magazine. Slavko Komarnytsky, PhD, and Debora Esposito, PhD, MBS, are passionate about each other, their one year-old daughter Sofia, and promoting good health through their research at the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) on the NC Research Campus. Komarnytsky specializes in pharmacogenomics and drug discovery in the areas of […]

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Make 2015 the Happiest, Healthiest and Fittest Year Yet

  For inspiration to make 2015 your happiest, healthiest and fittest year yet, take a look at some of our top research headlines from 2014. Powerful Polyphenols   A collaborative study by three campus partners found that exercise helps the body absorb health-boosting, plant compounds called polyphenols, specifically those found in blueberries and green tea. The same […]

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Carbohydrate found in pistachios, other foods impairs athletic performance

By Jane Nicholson, Director of University News, Appalachian State University   A recent study by David Nieman, DrPH, director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the N.C. Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, found that a special type of carbohydrate, raffinose, found in pistachio nuts and other foods reduced athletic performance when consumed prior […]

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Enjoy Every Bite of the Holidays

As written for Cabarrus Magazine December 2014 edition.     Enjoying holiday foods doesn’t mean you have to arrive at the New Year with weight gain, high cholesterol and blood sugar that tops the charts. Instead, make a plan that will help you enjoy every delicious bite of the holidays. Take a Few Less Bites First, […]

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More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Says

View the original article by Tara Haelle on HealthyDay. Learn more about the UNC Nutrition Research Institute. MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although drinking during pregnancy has long been considered taboo, new research suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure […]

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The Power of Blueberries featured in Today’s Dietician

See the article as posted on the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute website.  Originally published in the October 2014 issue of Today’s Dietitian. (Read the full article on the Today’s Dietitian website.) See the article as Dr. Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute, was featured in the October […]

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NC State Scientists Cracking the Mysteries of Walnut Research

Read the story as published on the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute website.  Written by Justin Moore. Walnuts are known to be a rich source of disease-fighting nutrients; they are often labeled a “superfood” and are key components of the Mediterranean diet. Yet as much as science has revealed about the health benefits […]

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New UNCG Scientist Works to Solve Mysteries of Type 1 Diabetes

Read the UNC Greensboro announcement. Qibin Zhang, PhD, has joined the NC Research Campus (NCRC) as an associate professor and co-director of the UNC Greensboro Center for Translational Biomedical Research. He previously worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA where he specialized in biomedical research using mass spectrometry and other advanced instrumentation […]

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Polyphenols Shield Against Exercise-Induced Viral Infections

For athletes, polyphehols from foods like blueberries and green tea may be the best defense against the common cold and other viral infections. Viral Defense Shield Polyphenols are bioactive compounds in fruits and vegetables that research links to health benefits like anti-aging, anti-inflammation and anti-viral effects. A recent study conducted by NC Research Campus (NCRC) […]

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Niacin Supplementation Shown to Reverse Fatty Liver Disease

Zhanxiang Zhou, PhD, with the UNC Greensboro Center for Translational Biomedical Research at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, published new findings in the July 2014 edition of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research that established a connection between niacin supplementation and lowering lipid levels in the liver. Zhou researches the pathology of and potential treatments […]

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NCRC, RCCC & P2EP: All the Tools for a Career in Science

To launch careers in science, Brooklyn Phillips, Marlinda Davis and Carolyn Munson knew they needed two things-  a degree and hands-on laboratory experience. At the NC Research Campus (NCRC), the three women found both. They are all working toward an applied science degree in biotechnology at the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Biotechnology Training Center at the […]

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DHMRI Launches Dedicated MS Research with Hire of Postdoctoral Fellow

Read the original article posted on DHMRI.org. Sabrina Cote, PhD, has joined the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) as a postdoctoral research fellow working for Simon Gregory, PhD, director of the DHMRI genomics laboratory. She will be researching Multiple Sclerosis (MS) under Gregory’s direction. Gregory, who is also an associate professor in the section […]

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Turbocharge Your Food- Excercising Ups Nutrient Absorption from Berries, Tea

As published in the Dole Nutrition Institute’s July 2014 newsletter. “Gut permeability,” “leaky colon,” “hot gut”– none of these terms conjure up conditions you’d think to put on your wish list.  The colon carries digested food away from the stomach and towards the exit, so “leaking” would be the very last thing you’d want your […]

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A Champion of Nutrition Education

Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, a research professor in nutrition with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, is championing worldwide nutrition education that bridges the gap between the bench, physician exam rooms and the kitchen table.    From the halls of the United States Congress to the […]

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A Watermelon Tale: Science, Size and Surprising Uses

Once, people wanted big watermelons with lots of seeds. “Now,” explained Penelope Perkins-Veazie, PhD, post-harvest physiologist with the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the NC Research Campus, “there are personal-size watermelons in the produce section, and, today, most US melons are seedless.” Perkins-Veazie has researched watermelon fruit for 15 years working […]

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NC State Scientists Create Food Ingredient to Combat Peanut Allergies

As published on the NCSU Plants for Human Health website. By Justin Moore, PHHI and NC Extension Communications Peanuts are the leading cause of severe food allergic reactions in the U.S., with many restaurants, school systems and airlines completely removing the legume from their menus. In a step toward reducing the risk associated with peanut […]

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New Biomarker for Oxidative Stress When Exercising Discovered

View the abstract published in the American Journal of Physiology. New research led by David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus, identified a new biomarker for oxidative stress generated during exercise. In the field of exercise science, measuring oxidative stress can be difficult, time […]

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Blueberries Reduce Risk of Parkinson’s, Boost Brain Function Finds New Study

By Justin Moore, as published on the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute Website. A recent study has shown that consumption of blueberries, long considered a “super food,” may protect human brain performance and reduce the risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease. In the United States, it is estimated that one million people suffer […]

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NC A&T SCIENTIST FINDS EVIDENCE THAT EATING OATS CAN LEAD TO HEALTHIER LIVES

NC A&T News If you’ve been “feelin’ your oats” as the saying goes, Dr. Shengmin Sang, lead scientist for functional foods at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, might know why. Sang’s studies of the bioactive components in oats offer evidence that phytochemicals found only in oats, known as avenanthramides, are helpful in combating […]

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Arabidopsis: An Ideal Platform for Understanding Secondary Metabolites

Xu “Sirius” Li, PhD, an assistant professor and plant metabolic pathway engineer with the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), uses the model plant system Arabidopsis to understand how plants produce secondary metabolites and support human health. In collaboration with other scientists at PHHI and at the NC Research Campus, he is […]

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What is Personalized Nutrition?

Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, director of the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute, explains what personalized nutrition is and how it is the mission of his institute to advance the field so that nutritional decisions are based on genetic information. The result: healthier people and new avenues to prevent and treat disease. Physicians know that […]

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Investing in Bright Futures for Kannapolis Students

TinChung Leung, PhD, of the NC Central University Nutrition Research Program at the NC Research Campus, is usually focused on cancer, cardiovascular and blood research. This year, he is expanding his focus to make an investment in the future of middle and high school students in Kannapolis City Schools (KCS).   BRITE Futures He worked […]

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Parental Nutrition Impacts Future Generations

Mihai Niculescu, MD, PhD, with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute, is an expert in the field of epigenetics. He is researching how nutrition influences the genetic interplay between parents and children, specifically looking at omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.   When you make a habit of snacking on fruits and vegetables versus grabbing a […]

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NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports Leaves Its Mark on Science

Hendrick Motorsports in Concord, NC, is one of NASCAR’s premier teams. They are not only leaving their mark in the annals of motor sports, they are leaving their mark on science. Hendrick Motorsports is home to four of the most recognized names in racing: Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cumulatively, […]

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What Are Lipids?

By Rishipal Bansode, PhD, NCA&T Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, for Bioactive Monthly newsletter. Recent findings from the NCA&T laboratory at the NC Research Campus that were published in the journal Food Chemistry demonstrated in an animal model that peanut skin polyphenols, specifically A-type procyanidin, can lower lipid levels. The findings are part of […]

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A Model Fish

As featured on UNC-TV’s Science Now. Written and produced by Frank Graff. The image on the computer screen in the North Carolina Central University lab at the North Carolina Research Campus is both creepy and fascinating. It is a creature that is green, with a giant eye, a rapidly opening and closing mouth, and what […]

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JC Med Opens for Business in NCRC Ready-to-Go Lab

JC Med, a start-up company, is beginning operations to produce insulin resistance supplements and to developent a first-of-its-kind, in-home insulin resistance meter in one of the NC Research Campus’ ready-to-go laboratories. Watch the video to learn more. The equipment is installed, the supplies have arrived and Wenhong Cao, MD, founder of JC Med, LLC, is […]

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Peanut Skin Polyphenols Prove Effective in Lowering Lipid Levels

Rishipal Bansode, PhD, with the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologiesat the NC Research Campus, recent findings published in the journal Food Chemistry demonstrated in an animal model that peanut skin polyphenols, specifically A-type procyanidin, can lower lipid levels. The findings are part of the process to develop […]

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Duke, CHA Curbing Diabetes through a New Model of Patient Care

Diabetes is near the top of the list of 21st century public health epidemics. Duke University and Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), both North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) partners, are taking a bold step to curb the effects of the disease by developing a new model of care for patients with type 2 diabetes, especially those […]

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Intense Workouts Cause Runners More Physical Damage Than Cyclists

  New scientific findings give endurance runners a reason to consider varying their training regime to include other sports. The study, Immune and Inflammation Responses to a 3-day Period of Intensified Running Versus Cycling, was conducted by the Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. After a […]

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Omega-3 Intake Linked to Higher Cognition in Infants, Toddlers and Young Children

Adults may be aware of the amount of omega-3 and other fatty acids in their diet, but most may not be thinking about the impact of fatty acids on their children, especially their cognitive abilities. The role of fatty acids and nutrients like choline, iron, and zinc on the cognitive abilities of children is exactly […]

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For Kids, a Little Exercise Goes a Long Way Fast to Prevent Disease

    Studies by the Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus prove that when kids increase their level of physical activity, they experience positive health benefits quickly. Benefits like less body fat, increased muscular strength and reduced risk factors for major diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic […]

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Less Birth Defects in the World: FASD Prevention and Intervention

There is no safe level of alcohol consumption for pregnant women. Philip May, PhD, a research professor with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, makes that statement with authority because he is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders […]

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A Microbial Answer to Malnutrition

The West African Sahel region is a corner of the world that Steven Maranz, PhD, knows well. He spent part of his childhood there and worked with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in the region. Maranz is currently a visiting scientist with the David H. Murdock Research Institute, a provider of collaborative […]

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Dona Miller- Time to Bloom

Dona Miller, administrative support specialist at the NC State University (NCSU) Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), is a self-described late bloomer. Originally from China Grove, a small town near Kannapolis, she first graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus in 2002 with an associate degree in information systems and again in 2010 with an associate degree in office […]

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First Human Trial to Show Metabolic Afterburn, Enhanced Polyphenolic Absorption Following Exercise

Scientists at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis have discovered in a human trial enhanced polyphenolic absorption via the colon into the blood stream. The same human study also found that polyphenolic supplementation in combination with exercise creates a long-lasting spike in polyphenolic metabolism. The study provides clear evidence of an alternate route […]

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Duke Study Sheds Light on Factors Contributing to Autism

Simon Gregory, PhD, associate professor in the section of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine at Duke University, is part of a study published August 12, 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics that found a connection between induced labor and the incidence of autism. Gregory is also a principal investigator studying […]

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Duke, DHMRI Discover Blood-based Test for Aspirin Therapy

This month Duke Medicine physicians and researchers published the paper Aspirin Exposure Reveals Novel Genes Associated with Platelet Function and Cardiovascular Events in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. They reported that the significance of the findings is that they have “solved some of the mysteries related to the use of this century-old […]

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NC Research Campus Boosting FSMA Compliance

Published in Food Protection Trends, July-August 2013 The NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, just north of Charlotte, possesses scientific expertise and instrumentation that can boost the ability of companies and organizations to comply with the more stringent requirements for safety plans and product testing under the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food […]

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Big Data, Big Opportunity for NCRC and Beyond

What does a data center have to do with the mission of transforming human health, nutrition and agriculture to prevent and treat disease? According to Clyde Higgs and Margie Bukowski — everything. Higgs, the NCRC’s vice president of business development, and Bukowski, president and CEO of Cabarrus Economic Development, worked for over a year on […]

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Walter Friday- Something Completely Different

Walter Friday has spent his life devoted to the nutritional needs of others. First, he worked with Domino’s Pizza in the Chapel Hill area, and now as a research laboratory technician on the research team of Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, director of the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI). Zeisel is known worldwide for […]

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Whole Grains: Eating to Prescribing Grains for Better Health, Cancer Prevention

Understanding the biology of grains is only one challenge. Understanding how they interact with human biology to prevent disease is another. Shengmin Sang, PhD, associate professor and lead scientist in functional food for NC A&T State University’s Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies (CEPHT) at the NCRC, envisions his research contributing to the day when […]

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Whole Grains: Addressing the Challenges, Maximizing the Potential

Whole grain rolls, corn and brown rice are delicious and contain numerous health benefits. Yet, whole grains are a challenge from their very biology to motivating people to eat more to ensuring an ample worldwide supply. At the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, scientists at the NC A&T Center for Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies, […]

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Whole Grains: More Productive Rice, Oat Genome Mapping

Cytokinin Signaling and More Productive Rice Like Hsieh, Ann Loraine, PhD, with the UNC Charlotte Departments of Genetics and Bioinformatics has conducted extensive research in Arabidopsis. As part of a $3.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant with co-investigators Joseph Kieber, PhD, professor and associate chair of biology at UNC Chapel Hill, and Eric Schaller, […]

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Ginger Shogaols: Promising Preventation for Lung and Colon Cancer

Shengmin Sang, PhD, associate professor and lead scientist in functional food for NC A&T State University’s Center for Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies (CEPHT) at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, has published four peer-reviewed articles this year that further the understanding of the chemopreventive potential of ginger. Sang’s most recent findings concentrate on […]

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Leading the Charge for Food Safety as Part of a Healthy Diet

Published by Business Today, June 2013 Blueberries and brain health, chia seeds and their nutritional impact, broccoli and preventing eye disease — these are examples of some of the most recent findings from the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis. The catch is that people can only enjoy the health benefits of fruits and vegetables if […]

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Heart and Liver Disease: Deciphering Metabolic and Genetic Connections

The human genetic code is 99.9 percent identical. What makes people individuals, genetically speaking, equates to .1 percent of their individual genetic make-up and accounts for thousands of differentiations at the molecular level. Deciphering those differentiations or polymorphisms and their involvement in the development of disease is the work of scientists like Karen  Corbin, PhD, RD, […]

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Lorie Solomon-Beale – Writing A New Chapter

Lorie Solomon-Beale, laboratory research technician at the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute, checks on the progress of an experiment she has running to extract glucose sinulate from cabbage. She determines it is going fine but realizes she’ll have to keep an eye on it throughout the day. Solomon-Beale works for Allan Brown, […]

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TeQuana Bayless- Persistence Pays Off

For TeQuana Bayless, finding the perfect job took three degrees and a lot of persistence. Persistence that paid off in February 2012 when she started work as a research associate with Crown Bio at the David H. Murdock Research Institute, a contract research organization for companies and universities on and off campus who are focused […]

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Pink Slip to Scientist: Rowan-Cabarrus Graduate Researches Bioactive Compounds, Inflammation

In 2008, Mickey Wilson knew it was time for a change. His job of 13 years with Freightliner in Cleveland, NC looked like it would be coming to an end as the company laid-off employees and struggled financially. Moving into another quality control job with another company didn’t seem appealing. So he made a decision […]

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Morgan Fabian- In A Good Place

Morgan Fabian grew up around NASCAR, one of North Carolina’s major industries. Her family moved from Bedford, Pennsylvania when she was two for her father to take a job with a race team. She’s now working in biotechnology, one of the state’s other leading industries. She enrolled in Rowan-Cabarrus Community College after graduating in 2006 […]

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Increasing Lutein Levels in Broccoli to Fight Age-Related Eye Problems

A new N.C. State University study under way at the Plants for Human Health Institute at the NC Research Campus is focused on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli. Lutein, an antioxidant, is also found in leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Lutein is associated with lowering risks for cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. […]

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Jody Albright- A Clear Direction

When Jody Albright took a temporary job in January 2012 helping to set-up the lab for Brian Bennett, PhD, assistant professor with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), he didn’t imagine it would turn into a fulltime job as a research assistant. After graduating from Gospel Light High School in Salisbury in 1993, […]

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Large-Scale Human Trial Explores Blueberries and Cognitive Improvement

The B.E.R.R.Y Study, which stands for Blueberries: Exciting Research Relevant to You, is one of the first large-scale human trials designed to specifically explore the question of antioxidants and their effect on cognitive abilities. The study is being led by Carol L. Cheatham, PhD, a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and an assistant professor of Psychology at […]

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Finding Natural Solutions to Prevent and Treat Cancer

When you sit down to a salad full of pumpkins seeds, tofu, almonds and healthy greens followed by a main course of seafood flavored with ginger and a glass of wine, cancer prevention is probably not on your mind. Unless, that is, you are a scientist at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, […]

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Boosting Phyto-Benefits for Better Health and Longevity

Published in the Charlotte Observer’s Pulse Magazine.  Broccoli, blueberries and bananas are already tagged “super foods” meaning they are more nutritious than most other fruits and vegetables.  Yet, under the microscopes at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, scientists are finding ways to boost their benefits. The NCRC is a public-private research center […]

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FDA, NCRC Scientists Collaborate On New Standards For Salmonella-Free Tomatoes

Scientists with the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute and its NC Cooperative Extension outreach component, located at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, are collaborating with the US Food and Drug Administration on a joint project to establish new standards to prevent Salmonella contamination of tomatoes. From the fields and waterways of […]

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NCRC Scientists Lead Study Linking Klebsiella Bacteria to Infant Deaths in Melamine Scandal

Scientists with UNC Greensboro Center for Translational Biomedical Research and the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI), both located at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, in partnership with scientists from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China and the Imperial College of London, United Kingdom have shed light on why so many babies who […]

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Dottie Nanto- Looking Ahead

Fifteen years ago, Dottie Nanto had a successful career managing travel agencies. She left that career to focus on her husband and their three young children. Now in their late teens and early twenties, her children are branching off into their own lives and, as they do, Nanto is looking ahead to reestablishing a career […]

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Making Sense of the Soy-Genistein-Her2 Breast Cancer Connection

The impact of soy on breast cancer is puzzling to many consumers including women at risk for breast cancer. Numerous studies label the isoflavone genistein in soy as a natural compound that can prevent breast cancer. At the same time, increasing numbers of reports suggest that genistein may be a risk factor for developing breast […]

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Alice Glines- At the Front Lines of Clinical Research

The life of Alice Glines can be characterized by unfailing and determined optimism that has allowed her to remake her life not once, but four times. She’s gone from married life and raising two sons outside of Cleveland, Ohio, to moving to Charlotte in 1985. In Charlotte, her energy and love of working with people […]

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Dole Researchers Find Banana Peel Contains Concentrated Antioxidants

Editor Jennifer Grossman, Senior Vice President, Dole Foods Many people don’t know of all the scientific brainpower buzzing at the North Carolina Research Campus, where eight universities have joined forces to study fruit and vegetables alongside Dole researchers.  Indeed, the Dole Nutrition Lab, led by Dr. Nick Gillitt, has become a font of nutrition knowledge […]

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Rowan-Cabarrus Graduates Advance Scientific Discovery

Do what you love. That is advice commonly given to people searching for a fulfilling and successful career. For many employees working in the laboratories and offices of the North Carolina Research Campus’ (NCRC) corporate, academic and healthcare partners, the decision to enroll at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was the first step toward finding their ideal […]

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How to Recognize and Prevent Norovirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that a new strain of norovirus, the GII4Sydney, is sweeping the United States. First reported in Australia in March 2012, the CDC reported that the strain caused 58 percent of norovirus infections in December 2012. What is norovirus? Norovirus is a common foodborne pathogen that […]

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New Genetic Approaches to Predict and Prevent Fatty Liver

When Karen Corbin, PhD, RD, first read the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute’s (NRI) mission- exploring nutritional individuality- she knew she’d found the place she could build her career. As a clinical dietitian, certified diabetes educator and co-director of preventive services at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Florida from 1998 to 2003, Corbin […]

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Zinc A Potential Treatment for Alcohol-Induced Fatty Liver Disease

While visiting former college classmates in China, Zhanxiang Zhou, PhD, learned that several of them suffered from alcohol-induced fatty liver disease (FLD). Zhou, who is co-director of the UNC Greensboro Center for Translational Biomedical Research at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), is an expert on the disease. During his visit, Zhou counseled his friends […]

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Collaborations Driving Ginger Research For Cancer, Anemia Treatments

Ginger is more appreciated for its aromatic and tangy taste that is  enjoyed the world over in everything from entrées to baked goods. Beyond the kitchen, the spice has been used for centuries to calm digestive upsets.  More recent studies have found that bioactive components in ginger have strong anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-diabetic activities. […]

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Where Innovation Begins

The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, a 350-acre life science research center just north of Charlotte, was the focus of the eleventh annual UNC Charlotte Life Sciences Conference held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 on the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) campus. The conference featured the research, technology and commercialization strategies at play […]

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Research: The Beginning

The first panel session of the UNC Charlotte Life Sciences Conference, Research: The Beginning, reinforced that the North Carolina Research Campus’ (NCRC) impact begins at the bench. Allan Brown, PhD, applied molecular geneticist and assistant professor at the North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute, started off the discussion, which was moderated by […]

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Commercialization: The Application of Research

The North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) is adding to its reputation not only as a research hub but as a center for commercialization and product development. Leading off the afternoon panel of the UNC Charlotte Life Sciences Conference, Commercialization: The Application of Research, former Vice President of Business Development for Sensory Spectrum, located adjacent to […]

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Tools and Technology: Accelerating Innovation

One of the hallmarks of the NC Research Campus is the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) and its array of scientific instrumentation not available at many other scientific centers. In the UNC Charlotte Life Sciences Session Tools and Technology: Accelerating Technology, scientists at the NCRC got the opportunity to elaborate on the array of […]

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Cancer Treatments Emerge From Modern Metabolomics, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Over 1,800 years ago healers in China mixed together a formulation called Huangqin Decoctin to relieve their patients’ aches and pains. Today, colorectal cancer patients in a Phase II Clinical Trial are receiving a therapeutic treatment made from this ancient formulation. The potential new drug is being tested for its effectiveness in reducing the harsh […]

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NC A&T Solutions for Dietary Dilemmas

 NC A&T Solutions for Dietary Dilemmas Common advice given to those pursuing a healthy diet is to eat more fiber. And it is good advice to follow. Dietary fiber, which comes in two forms soluble and insoluble, is the parts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes that the human body cannot digest or absorb. It […]

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Industry-Academic Postdoc Jump Starts Collaboration

Industry-Academic Postdoc Jump Starts Collaboration At the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, the North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) and the Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory have collaborated to form a joint industry-academic postdoctoral fellowship, the first of its kind at the NCRC. Postdoctoral positions are a common first career […]

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DHMRI Advances Personalized Medicine in North Carolina

DHMRI Advances Personalized Medicine in North Carolina Personalized medicine is transforming healthcare through the combination of diagnostic tests and therapeutic treatments. The result is a shift to a healthcare model that takes into account individual differences and the influence of genetics and environment. The advantage is more effective treatments, an enhanced ability to predict risk […]

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UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division: At the Core of Collaboration

UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division: At the Core of Collaboration Emerging in the early 1980s, bioinformatics has evolved alongside advances in computational capabilities, the Internet and gene sequencing into a required tool box of methodologies to analyze data produced by gene sequencing and high-throughput screening technologies. At the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, […]

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Appalachian State Human Performance Lab: Peaking Human Performance

Appalachian State Human Performance Lab: Peaking Human Performance The desire to obtain a long and healthy life drives people on a quest to search the headlines, browse the Internet, explore the grocery store shelves and flock to the gym. The prize they seek is the latest news, products and exercises that will improve their nutritional […]

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Zebrafish Model Shows Ginger A Potential Treatment for Anemia

Scientists from NC Central and NC A&T collaborated to identify ginger as a potential treatment for anemia commonly caused by chemotherapy and renal disease. Tangy and aromatic, ginger is a spice used to flavor meats, vegetables and even baked goods. More than a culinary delight, ginger has been valued for thousands of years for its […]

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Cabarrus Health Alliance: A New Era of Public Health

Cabarrus Health Alliance: A New Era of Public Health (NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC- April 13, 2012)- With this weekend’s official opening of the Cabarrus Health Alliance’s (CHA) new building at the corner of Mooresville Road and Dale Earnhardt Boulevard across from the NC Research Campus (NCRC), a new era of a 21 Century Model Public […]

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Monsanto: Giving Consumers New Reasons to Choose Fruits and Vegetables

Monsanto: Giving Consumers New Reasons to Choose Fruits and Vegetables Imagine foods with bright colors, pleasant aromas, great taste and a proven ability to help manage weight and prevent disease. Actually, no imagination is needed. Just walk into a farmers market or go to the produce department of a local grocery store. The fruits and […]

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General Mills: Taking Oats to the Next Level

General Mills: Taking Oats to the Next Level   Make a list of healthy foods, and oats will be on it. Why? Because of the beta-glucan the grain contains. Beta-glucan is a soluble fiber that is clinically proven to reduce cholesterol. Lowering cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association, is known to lessen the risk […]

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NCRC Researchers Receive Gates Funding for New Ideas to Solve Global Challenges

NCRC Researchers Receive Gates Funding for New Ideas to Solve Global Challenges North Carolina State University (NCSU) Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) and the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) both recently received $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grants funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to […]

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Sensory Spectrum: Translating Sensory Data into Consumer Products

Sensory Spectrum: Translating Sensory Data into Consumer Products An October 2011 study by the Hudson Institute, a nonpartisan policy research organization based in Washington DC, found that companies with foods considered to be “Better-For-You” such as low-fat or reduced sugar content as well as those selling products with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, experienced […]

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MURDOCK Study: Making a Medical Difference Today

MURDOCK Study: Making a Medical Difference Today When the MURDOCK Study launched in 2007, the impact was described in terms of future contributions to the understanding and treatment of some of the most chronic and debilitating diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. In just a few years, the MURDOCK Study […]

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MURDOCK Study: The Good News About Alzheimer’s Disease

MURDOCK Study: The Good News About Alzheimer’s Disease   The MURDOCK Study and Duke University’s Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center collaborate to advance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. The most recent statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association reveal that 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. […]

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NC A&T: Keeping Healthy Foods Healthy For Us

NC A&T: Keeping Healthy Foods Healthy For Us NC A&T’s Center for Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies at the NCRC researches the pathogens that cause foodborne illness in order to find ways to keep food free of contaminates and to develop more effective treatments. No one wants to dine with Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, […]

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David H. Murdock Research Institute: A New Research Model At Work

David H. Murdock Research Institute: A New Research Model At Work After Rick Jellen, PhD, and Jeff Maughan, PhD, visited the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis in November of 2010, they knew they’d be back. Jellen and Maughan are both associate professors in the College […]

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UNC Charlotte’s Loraine Lab: Answering Fundamental Questions in Plant Biology

Answering Fundamental Questions in Plant Biology In February 2008, Ann Loraine, associate professor in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics at UNC-Charlotte, was one of the first faculty to join the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis. In the three years since, she’s seen the campus grow to include eight universities and corporate partners […]

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Dr. Carol Cheatham, UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute: The Importance of the B.E.R.R.Y.S

Dr. Carol Cheatham, UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute: The Importance of the B.E.R.R.Y.S As a developmental cognitive neuroscientist, Carol Cheatham, PhD, is passionate about the hippocampus, the area of the brain that plays an essential role in the formation, organization, and storage of memories. Cheatham is an associate professor of Psychology at UNC Chapel […]

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Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, NC State University: Better Foods, Better Shelf Life

Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, NC State University: Better Foods, Better Shelf Life No matter how filled fruits and vegetables are with health-promoting and disease-fighting nutrients, they have to make it to market with their nutritional value intact, free of microbial contamination, and looking, smelling, and tasting great. This is the challenge of postharvest physiologist Penelope Perkins-Veazie, […]

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Dr. Allan Brown, NC State University, Helps Redefine Healthy and Nutritious

Dr. Allan Brown, NC State University, Helps Redefine Healthy and Nutritious Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, watermelon, mango, broccoli, and cabbage are healthy and nutritious foods. The NC State University (NCSU) Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) is redefining healthy and nutritious by furthering research that identifies the compounds in fruits and vegetables with health-promoting and disease-fighting […]

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Kannapolis City Schools’ April Baucom: From Teacher to Student

Kannapolis City Schools’ April Baucom: From Teacher to Student Science teacher April Baucom donned a lab coat not in preparation for a biology class but to begin her summer research in the lab of Allan Brown, PhD. Brown, a part of the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the North Carolina […]

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Kannapolis Scholar Adam Baxter: From Mapping Anthocyanins to Mapping a Career

Kannapolis Scholar Adam Baxter: From Mapping Anthocyanins to Mapping a Career After five years of traveling North Carolina repairing and maintaining computers, 2011 Kannapolis Scholar Adam Baxter decided to apply his undergraduate degree in computer systems and computer programming to a new field. He chose bioinformatics and enrolled in the Professional Science master’s program in […]

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