brain development

UNC Researcher Shares The Ironies of Iron During Pregnancy

August 17, 2017

Iron is listed by the American Academy of Pediatrics as one of the most essential nutrients for healthy fetal development. But Susan Smith, PhD, deputy director of science at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute on the NC Research Campus, points out that 22 percent of U.S. women in their childbearing years are iron deficient. The […]

Nutrition Research Institute Shows Choline Is Essential To A Normal Diet

October 28, 2016

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 […]

UNC Nutrition Research Institute Welcomes Renowned Scientist Susan Smith

July 01, 2016

Susan Smith, Ph.D., joined the UNC Nutrition Research Institute this month. She is an internally recognized expert in the field of nutritional affects on the risk for birth defects.  The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) welcomes Susan Smith, Ph.D., who joins the research facility’s roster of scientists this month. Dr. Smith is an internationally recognized […]

Volume changes and brain‐behavior relationships in white matter and subcortical gray matter in children with prenatal alcohol exposure

February 25, 2015

Volume changes and brain‐behavior relationships in white matter and subcortical gray matter in children with prenatal alcohol exposure, Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 Feb 25, Gautam P1, Lebel C, Narr KL, Mattson SN, May PA, Adnams CM, Riley EP, Jones KL, Kan EC, Sowell ER. 1Department of Pediatrics, Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory, Keck School of Medicine, USC/Children‘s Hospital […]

Perinatal α-linolenic acid availability alters the expression of genes related to memory and to epigenetic machinery, and the Mecp2 DNA methylation in the whole brain of mouse offspring

May 24, 2014

Perinatal α-linolenic acid availability alters the expression of genes related to memory and to epigenetic machinery, and the Mecp2 DNA methylation in the whole brain of mouse offspring. International Journal of developmental neuroscience.  May 24, 2014.[Epub ahead of print] He F1, Lupu DS2, Niculescu MD3. 1Department of Nutrition and Nutrition Research Institute, University of North Carolina at […]

Nutrition in pregnancy: the argument for including a source of choline

April 07, 2013

Nutrition in pregnancy: the argument for including a source of choline April 2013. International Journal of Women’s Health. April 2013. Zeisel, SH. Nutrition Research Institute at Kannapolis, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Abstract Women, during pregnancy and lactation, should eat foods that contain adequate amounts of choline. A mother delivers […]

Diet-gene interactions underlie metabolic individuality and influence brain development: implications for clinical practice derived from studies on choline metabolism.

May 10, 2012

Diet-gene interactions underlie metabolic individuality and influence brain development: implications for clinical practice derived from studies on choline metabolism.  Annals of Nutrition Metabolism, May 2012. Zeisel SH. UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute. Abstract One of the underlying mechanisms for metabolic individuality is genetic variation. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes of metabolic pathways can create […]