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UNC NRI Appetite for Life Seminars This April

February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

April 1, 8 and 22 join the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) for the 2014 Appetite for Life Academy. Each seminar is at 7 pm in the event room of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building, 150 Research Campus Drive in Kannnapolis.

April 1 – Uric Acid: A New Look at an Old Risk Factor for Gout and Cardio-renal Disease.
Dr. Saroja Voruganti, NRI researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Increased uric acid in blood is a risk factor for kidney and heart disease and gout. Diet and alcohol intake, physical activity and genetic factors affect uric acid balance in the body. Learn about research into the genetic factors that by themselves or in interaction with diet and physical activity affect uric acid and the risk for kidney and heart disease.

April 8 – This is Your Brain on Sugar!
Dr. Kyle S. Burger, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Many people know that that eating too much sugar can cause weight gain. Recent research shows that eating or drinking a lot of sugar is not only bad for your general health, but also effects your brain. Brain imaging techniques show people’s brains reacting to drinking sugar.

April 15 – No lecture due to Easter Holiday/Spring Break

April 22 – Berries and the Brain: Partners in Life and Longevity 
Dr. Carol Cheatham, NRI researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Kelly Sheppard, PhD candidate, Department of Psychology.

Foods are fuel for the brain – if one does not eat well, the brain does not function well. Properties in berries have been studied for their ability to support memory. Evidence of the importance of eating berries and other colorful foods will be presented.

Webcasts will be available for each seminar. The seminars are free. Click here to register to attend and to receive instructions to access the webscats . For more information, e-mail the NRI.

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