The “-omics” of Nutrient Metabolism

How our bodies use the nutrients that nourish us drives much of the science at the Nutrition Research Institute. Recent advances in nutrition studies have shed light on the metabolic fates of nutrients and about the molecular actors and mechanisms responsible for the underlying process. A major reason for the explosive advances in the understanding of nutrient metabolism has been the massive investigative use of all kinds of “-omics,” new fields of study for the mining of data-rich biological information. Read more.
This article was adapted with permission from Nutrient Metabolism: Structures, Functions, and Genes, a textbook by Martin Kohlmeier, M.D., Ph.D., published by Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, San Diego, May 2015.


Go with Your Gut: How a Community of Trillions Affects Your Individual Health

From the desk of Katie Meyer, Ph.D. 
Everyday we learn more about how the gut microbiome may influence health. Our gut microbial community–a super-organism, with trillions of members–has been associated with obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and immune disorders and even moods. These findings have generated enormous enthusiasm among researchers and the lay public, as they suggest a largely untapped area for health-promting interventions. One mechanism through which the gut microbiome may affect health is through the metabolism of food and nutrients.  Continue reading.

Take a Tour with Us

Find out where scientific discovery takes place during this summer’s special tours of the UNC NRI at 500 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
Tours feature the Human Research Core, and a state-of-the-art laboratory of one of our world-class scientists. Summertime tours are offered two Tuesdays a month, once at 1:00 in the afternoon and once at 7:00 in the evening. Tours are limited to 16 people. Registration required.


Fall Events

This fall our Appetite for Life presentations return. Once a month from September through November, leading experts in nutrition, research, medicine, and public health present programs to help explain personalized nutrition and the advanced methods of research we’re using to investigate how nutrition and metabolism play critical roles in diseases, wellness and healthy development. You can sign up for each event today!
On September 15, we will take AFL on the road. In collaboration with Johnson & Wales University, we are pleased to present a very special event at the JWU campus in Center City Charlotte. Peter Rinehart, Chef on Assignment, will team with an NRI nutrition expert to demonstrate delicious, healthy cooking while sharing tips for consuming a balanced nutritious diet. Learn more.
October 13, Natalia Surzenko, Ph.D., NRI Assistant Research Professor of Nutrition and Brain Development, will present her lecture, Diet and Brain Rejuvenation: How to Keep Brain Stem Cells Happy. Learn more.
November 10, Cory Brouwer, Ph.D., Director, Associate Professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics, UNC Charlotte will share the cool world of megadata explored by his team’s work in the Bioinformatics Services Division on the NC Research Campus. Learn more.