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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The University of North Carolina System president visited Kannapolis and Charlotte on Monday as part of her “100 Days” tour. As she toured the North Carolina Research Campus, she learned what researchers are doing across universities to further nutritional and agricultural research.
UNC System president Margaret Spellings saw the collaboration of multiple North Carolina Universities firsthand Monday. Spellings watched as researchers worked with athletes at the Appalachian State University Performance Lab and also heard from directors and students from North Carolina State University. The tour included the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, a part of the UNC System.
“This shows the power of a 17 institution system and what can be done when we use our platform to connect the hip bone and the leg bone in ways that really are a rocket booster for everyone individually,” said Spellings.
The common theme throughout the tour was collaboration. While research roles vary, all have a common goal of helping people live healthier lives.
“Using the nutrient values that come from agricultural crops and doing that over a lot period of time, we know that will affect your health and keep at bay those tendencies that may be there in your body to create disease,” said Mark Spitzer, Vice President of Castle and Cooke.
President Spellings also plans to visit UNC Healthcare and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics during her tour.