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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Nutrition Research Institute is a branch of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With an environment that inspires pioneering research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, UNC Chapel Hill has long been an agent for economic prosperity in North Carolina. Today more than 150 North Carolina companies have spun out of UNC, many from the university’s research. They generate more than $7 billion in revenue in the state each year and provide nearly 8,000 jobs to residents and 38,000 jobs worldwide. At the NRI we are proud of our Carolina heritage and to be representing it on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. Many of our faculty members started at Chapel Hill and have found their callings with the Nutrition Research Institute.
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The NC Research Campus (NCRC) is located in the city of Kannapolis, just north of Charlotte. Centered on the advancement of nutrition, agriculture and human health,  scientists from universities, industry, government and non-profit organizations are finding new ways to promote healthy lifestyles and to prevent, treat and cure the most prevalent diseases of our times like cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s and other diet and lifestyle-related disorders. NCRC-logo3

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NRI Updates

Liver Cancer Report Reveals New Links: Coffee is Protective, Obesity Increases Risk

 “The evidence on obesity and cancer is only getting stronger. We’re looking at a tsunami of obesity-related cancer coming.” —Stephen Hursting, Ph.D., M.P.H.

2015 ISNN Congress

The International Society of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics (ISNN) will hold its 9th Congress May 17-19 on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. This event convenes several hundred nutrition researchers, clinicians, dietitians and other healthcare providers who are leaders in the development and practice of advanced nutrition solutions.

The Folic Acid Dilemma

FA (also known as Vitamin B9 or pteroylmonoglutamate), is not present in fresh foods or non-fortified food products. It is a synthetic form of folate with a completely different chemical structure that is very stable—unlike natural folate, which is often destroyed by normal food preparation and storage methods. Humans cannot make folate, so we must obtain it from folate-rich foods (beans, fruit, certain vegetables, and beef liver), or from fortified foods and/or multivitamins.