NCA&T’s Shengmin Sang Reaping Research Rewards

March 30, 2017

By Mindy Hamlin, NCBiotech Writer. Read the original article on the NC Biotech Center website. It has been a good run lately for Shengmin Sang, Ph.D. Sang, associate professor and lead scientist in the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies ​at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University labs in Kannapolis, was awarded the inaugural […]

N.C. A&T and Industry to Bring Novel Aspirin Derivatives to the Marketplace

March 21, 2017

Read the original article from North Carolina A&T State University. Greensboro, N.C. (March 14, 2017) – Patients who require the benefits of aspirin without the accompanying stomach irritation are a step closer to comfort and cures with the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement. Dr. Shengmin Sang, a food scientist with North Carolina Agricultural and […]

Whole Grains Prevent Chronic Lifestyle Diseases in More Ways Than One

March 13, 2017

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 […]

Ideal Health Biotechnology Opens First US Office at the NC Research Campus

January 30, 2017

Ideal Health Biotechnology, LLC, joined the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis to accelerate research and development of their dietary supplements made from naturally occurring, plant-based compounds. Ideal has an antioxidant spray made from grape seed extract available in China. A second generation of the spray is in development. They are also working on […]

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

February 16, 2016

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, […]

Bioactive Brief: Fruits and Vegetables to Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk

January 26, 2016

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 […]

Chemopreventative Effect of Phytochemimcals against Colon Cancer

December 17, 2015

Chemopreventative Effect of Phytochemimcals against Colon Cancer, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, December 2015. Williams LL, Khatiwada J and Davis S. Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC. Editorial Currently, the incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) has been declining, even though it remains a major public […]

Scientists Plan To Maximize The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

December 10, 2015

By Stephanie Castillo Read the article in Medical Daily. Scientists from North Carolina State’s Plants for Human Health Institute are working to get Americans to eat more sweet potatoes, The News & Observer reported. “In many parts of the world […] sweet potatoes are well recognized as health-protective, nutritious foods,” Mary Ann Lila, director of N.C. state’s […]

Phytochemicals: Natural Remedies for Emerging Viral Infection

November 02, 2015

Phytochemicals: Natural Remedies for Emerging Viral Infection, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. 2015. Lloghalu U (1), Khatiwada P (2), Khatiwada J (1), Williams LL (1). Author Affiliations 1. North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies 2. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Biological Sciencesf Abstract Noroviruses […]

Taking Sweet Potatoes Beyond the Thanksgiving Feast

October 22, 2015

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, […]

New Study Shows How Phytochemicals Build Natural Defenses against Free Radicals

September 14, 2015

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 […]

Synergistic Effects of Fiber and Phytochemicals in Wheat Bran on Colon Cancer

April 07, 2015

Synergistic Effects of Fiber and Phytochemicals in Wheat Bran on Colon Cancer, Apr 2015, The FASEB Journal, Jennifer McBride1, Yingdong Zhu1, Pei Wang1 and Shengmin Sang1 1Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Kannapolis NC United States Abstract Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. Epidemiological […]

Experience a Dynamic Summer of Science as a P2EP Undergraduate Intern

January 14, 2015

Undergraduate students with an interest in plant research are encouraged to apply for a dynamic summer of science as part of the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, a 350-acre life sciences hub dedicated to advancing scientific discoveries and development relating to human health, nutrition and agriculture. P2EP is […]

Make 2015 the Happiest, Healthiest and Fittest Year Yet

December 18, 2014

  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 […]


The Power of Blueberries featured in Today’s Dietician

October 13, 2014

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 […]

Making Healthy ‘Grits’ in Africa with Dr. Mary Ann Lila

May 22, 2014

By: David Hunt, Carolina Wild Nearly 8,000 miles, an ocean and seven time zones separate the small town of Kannapolis, N.C. from the heartland of southern Africa. Food scientist Mary Ann Lila knows the distance all too well. She’s visited 17 African countries in the past eight years. But she doesn’t measure the distance solely in miles. […]

Study: Blueberries may reduce Parkinson’s risk

April 24, 2014

Blueberries Dr. Mary Ann Lila, blueberry researcher and director of North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, holds up blueberries and a blueberry product. Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:20 am Study: Blueberries may reduce Parkinson’s risk Independent Tribune staff The Independent Tribune KANNAPOLIS, N.C. […]

Study: Blueberries help reduce Parkinson’s risk

April 09, 2014

The Packer 04/09/2014 02:36:00 PM Doug Ohlemeier A new study shows eating blueberries reduces the risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease and may protect human brain performance. A group of scientists from North Carolina State University, Purdue University and Rutgers University investigated how extracts from blueberries, grape seeds, hibiscus, blackcurrant and Chinese mulberries, all of which […]