Clinical Studies at the Nutrition Research Institute

The Nutrition Research Institute is committed to conducting innovative, basic and translational science to support the understanding of individualized nutrition. These advances in science promote the prevention and reduction of chronic disease and obesity. To move discoveries from the laboratory to doctors’ offices, investigators conduct clinical studies.
The Human Research Core is a facility within the NRI where clinical research is done. The core provides human nutrition investigators with multidisciplinary services and equipment in one location.
Essential to individualized nutrition is the understanding of a person’s metabolism and body composition. In the Human Research Core, metabolism—the rate at which one expends energy—is assessed using metabolic carts, which measure respiration, or the amounts of oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide expelled. Read more.

Free Public Presentation

Limited Seating Still Available
The NRI’s popular public event series, Appetite for Life, kicks off in 2015 on Tuesday, January 13 with a free presentation by Stephen Hursting, Ph.D., M.P.H., on Diet and Cancer Prevention. The program is at 7 PM in the D.H. Murdock Research Institute at 150 Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis, and will be simultaneously webcast.
Other programs will be offered in the upcoming months. On March 10 we will have guest speaker, Patrick Stover, Ph.D., from Cornell University presenting his talk, Keeping a Hungry World Healthy: Our Changing Food Supply. In April, NRI Scientist, Natalia Krupenko, Ph.D. will discuss the relationship of vitamins and a health diet. And we are excited to announce that acclaimed nutrition scientist Bruce Ames, Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkley will join us on May 20 sharing his life’s work in his presentation, The Longevity Diet. Read more about these Appetite for Life programs and sign up today.

NRI Faculty Elected as American Heart Association Fellow

The NRI is proud to announce that Saroja Voruganti, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill, has been elected a Fellow with the American Heart Association. 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.
Voruganti’s research in the field of cardiometabolics assisted her in achieving this honor. A cardiometabolic disease incorporates both heart disease and a metabolic disorder. Some examples are obesity, diabetes, and kidney and cardiovascular diseases. Cardiometabolic risk refers to your chances of having diabetes, heart disease or stroke. There is a direct link between cardiometabolic diseases and diet. Read more.

Let Them Eat Great!

It’s a new year and the best time to renew your dedication to healthy, happy dining. The Lettuce Eat Café offers fresh, gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups to help you get important nutrients that let you fee your best.
One way to get plenty of protein, vitamins C and B6, calcium, dietary fiber, bioflavonoids, carotenoids, chromium and monounsaturated fatty acids is to try the café’s Grilled Chicken and Mandarin Orange Salad with fresh spring mix, feta, red onion and avocado.
The Lettuce Eat Café in the lobby of the NRI building is open to the public for breakfast and lunch weekdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.