NRI principal investigators hold faculty appointments in the departments of Nutrition and Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill. Their research includes studies on the role of nutrients in preventing disease, diet-related health behaviors and risk factors for disease, the effects of the environment and genes on disease outcomes, and the impact of gene-nutrient interactions. For more information about NRI faculty, visit our Faculty Directory.
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Congratulations to Alleigh Wiggs, a student researcher with the Sumner Lab, whose research on the effects of diet and exercise on endogenous estrogens and subsequent breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women was recently published in Frontiers in Endocrinology....
Dr. Susan M. Smith Named Inaugural Dickson Foundation – Harris Teeter Distinguished Professor in Nutrition
Susan M. Smith, PhD, has been named the inaugural holder of The Dickson Foundation – Harris Teeter Distinguished Professorship in Nutrition. Smith, who joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 2016, is a professor of Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public...
Metabolic clues could serve as early predictors of pregnancy complications, inform nutritional intervention
Published on the Gillings School of Global Public Health website June 18, 2021. Some of the most common complications that moms and babies face during pregnancy include high blood pressure, preeclampsia and preterm birth, but predicting who might be at risk is still...
Could nutrient cocktails play a role in diminishing addiction, reducing adverse effects of substance abuse?
Published on The Gillings School of Global Public Health website May 19, 2021. Research has shown that using illicit drugs, including opiates and opioids, can disrupt a person’s metabolism and impact neurological and behavioral function. Experts at the UNC Gillings...
This summer, NRI students continue to shine bright and have been recognized for their endeavors both on the University level and nationally! Congratulations to Halle Fogle, an incoming graduate student in the Sergey Krupenko Lab. Halle recently received a UNC Gillings...
By Olivia Rivera June 15th, 2021 Health UNC Nutrition Research Institute assistant professor Isis Trujillo studies choline, an essential nutrient that is critical for brain development in the womb. A former postdoctoral researcher, she now runs her own lab and is...
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