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As scientists, physicians, and healthcare practitioners better understand nutritional individuality, they will be able to enhance human health, improve brain development, and more effectively treat diseases like obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Be part of our team!

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.
NC Research Campus
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

NRI Faculty Elected as AHA Fellow

Dr. Voruganti is one of 17 American Heart Association Fellows from several thousand national and international members of the Functional Genomics and Translational Biology council of the AHA elected for 2014.

Clinical Studies at the NRI

The Nutrition Research Institute is committed to conducting innovative, basic and translational science to support the understanding of individualized nutrition.

Natalia Surzenko, Ph.D. | AFL Presentation, February 17

The human brain contains about 86 billion neurons. These brain cells form an enormous number of elaborate functional networks with each other and other parts of the nervous system, which together allow us to go through our daily life.