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Our vision is to use scientific discovery to ensure optimal health through individualized nutrition. To do this, we need your help! Many of our research studies rely on volunteers to help us learn how nutrition science works in differing people. Read through the opportunities to learn more here


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.

Research Cores

The NRI houses research cores that offer a wide range of services to researchers. Cores offer shared resources, including cutting-edge technologies, high-end instrumentation, technical support, and education. Our cores are committed to enhancing and expanding the collaborative capabilities of research at our institute, on the North Carolina Research Campus, and throughout the research community.

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NRI Trainees Climbing the Ladder of Success

A core objective of the NRI is to provide training opportunities to the next generation of researchers in precision nutrition, including graduate and undergraduate students. These young researchers, selected from the tops of their classes, are mentored by the NRI’s...

Meyer Wins Teaching Innovation Award

Students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health voted last month to select the school’s most innovative classroom teachers. First presented in February 2012, the Teaching Innovation Awards honor faculty members who students feel “improve the learning...

Tasty Times at Livingstone College

The NRI collaborated with the Culinary Arts program at Livingstone College in neighboring Salisbury, NC, on Tuesday, April 26, to present a spring cooking demo + nutrition talk. Part of the NRI’s Appetite For Life public series, the program featured soon-to-be...

Breaking the Obesity-Cancer Link

It was in graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill that Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) Director Stephen Hursting first got interested in cancer research. After completing his MPH and working for two years as a research associate at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer...

Training Future Scientists at the NRI

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) is helping mold the scientific minds of tomorrow by offering unique opportunities for undergraduate college students to work in laboratories directly with our faculty investigators and their research staffs. Through the NRI...

PUFA Metabolism Affected by Genetics and Diet

While polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are widely considered to be among the “good” dietary fats, clear evidence of their health benefits in humans is surprisingly limited.  One of the likely causes of this ambiguity is the complexity of PUFA metabolism in the...

Training for Scientists

The NRI is a center for precision nutrition training through programs for graduate and medical students, post-doctoral trainees, faculty, practicing physicians and other medical providers, registered dietitians, and industry professionals.

Support the NRI

By donating to the Nutrition Research Institute, your money targets the root of most American disease. Our scientists focus on how our genes respond to food so that soon medical practitioners will be able to guide people in their health from childhood through old age. Our critical research depends on the generosity of people like you.