Future Directions of Choline

Future Directions in Choline

Designed for researchers in the field of choline biology and its role in human health – across academia, government, and industry.

Presented by: University of North Carolina Nutrition Research Institute (UNC NRI) with support from Balchem.

First established as an essential nutrient in 1998, choline is a nutrient with critical roles in the health and development of the brain, liver, and more. The past 25 years have seen significant advances in the science – but where can we go from here? Hear from the leading experts in the field of choline nutrition about the progress of the last 25 years, and be part of the discussion on where the next 25 years of choline research should lead us.



  • Discuss the current state of choline science in human nutrition throughout the lifespan – from prenatal needs through early childhood, and into our later years
  • Identify areas of research needed in choline biology that can best inform our understanding of this nutrient’s impact in human health
  • Bring together leading minds in choline nutrition across academia, government, and industry to align on what we should communicate to the public about the contributions of dietary choline to human health


  • Meet and engage with key thought-leaders in choline nutrition research
  • Small-group breakouts involve all attendees in conversation with leading scientists to identify recommendations for future research and public communication on choline nutrition
  • Tour the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, a cutting-edge research facility hosting several of the top researchers in choline nutrition
  • Commemorate the career of Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, a pioneer in the field of choline nutrition
  • For students/postdoc attendees: submit your research for presentation as a poster or oral session


  • This conference is intended for those interested in the field of choline research across the academic, government, and industry sectors
  • Graduate students, postdocs and trainees are welcome!


  • General (Faculty/Industry): $250 USD
  • Trainees (Students, Postdoctoral Fellows): $100 USD
  • Registration includes all meals Sunday evening through Tuesday lunch and transportation to the conference site in Kannapolis.

Registration deadline: October 22

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The symposium is Sunday, November 5 to Tuesday, November 7 in Kannapolis, North Carolina.


Featuring 16 speakers from the top of the field, covering topics from pregnancy to Alzheimer’s and more.


The symposium is at The Laureate Center (inside Kannapolis City Hall). View recommended lodging here.

Where We Are

UNC Nutrition Research Institute

500 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081

UNC Nutrition Research Institute

North Carolina Research Campus

This symposium is located on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, just north of Charlotte. The campus is home to eight university research centers, plus industry, government and nonprofit organizations that share the goal of empowering human health through nutrition. Collectively, scientists focus on understanding the science behind precision nutrition and safer, more nutritious crops and foods.