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SoundBites: October 2014

SoundBites is the NRI’s monthly e-newsletter. This month features Folami Ideraabdullah’s environmental lecture held at Catawba College and Dr. Zeisel’s input on a new research publication about gut microbes.

For Better or Worse – Consequences of Living with Chemicals

The Center for the Environment, Catawba College, in partnership with the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, invites you to a community lecture: For Better or Worse – Consequences of Living with Chemicals presented by Folami Ideraabdullah, Ph.D.


Nutrition in Medicine (NIM), an online curriculum for medical students developed by NRI faculty member Martin Kohlmeier, M.D., Ph.D., and NRI Director Steven Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D., has been recommended by national organizations.

5 Ways to Make Cancer Research Work for You

The effects of nutrition on cancer are still being studied, but research indicates a clear corollary, especially for some cancers. NRI director Dr. Steven H. Zeisel confirms that “what you eat certainly matters” in this article from Zester Daily.


The NRI’s Martin Kohlmeier, M.D., Ph.D., research professor in nutrition, is championing worldwide nutrition education that bridges the gap between the bench, physician exam rooms and the kitchen table.

Could nutrition affect male infertility?

Nutrition may be key to some male infertility. NRI’s researcher Summer Goodson is investigating. Her study, seeking participants, was featured in the Health column in the Charlotte Observer in July 2014.

NRI Faculty Member Receives Prestigious Award

Philip A. May, Ph.D., is this year’s recipient of the Henry Rosett Award, in recognition of his substantial contribution researching the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Dr. May received the award at the annual meeting of the FASD Study Group of the Research Society on Alcoholism in June.

Firsts for an NRI Young Scientist

Tracey He has the distinction of being the first NRI researcher to have earned a master’s degree while working in an NRI lab. Her story is one of passion and dedication.

Study Shows Mother’s Diet Affects Child’s Genes

NRI director Dr. Steven Zeisel is co-author of a study showing that a mother’s diet before conception can permanently affect how her child’s genes function. The study has been published in Nature Communications.

Appetite for Life SoundBites Spring 2014

In this Issue:
– Top Ten Reasons to Give
– Dr. Martin Kohlmeier – Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity in Medical School
– Appetite for Life
– NRI Celebrates 5 Years
– North Carolina Science Festival
and more!

NRI Announces 2013 Art Contest Winners

Steven H. Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D., has announced the winners of the 2013 Student Art Contest. The contest challenged local students to create art and write essays about how they, their families and neighbors can achieve healthier lifestyles.