Duke, UNC Collaborate at North Carolina Research Campus

It took Dr. Summer Goodson nearly a year to find six men genetically qualified to participate in a sperm function study at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in Kannapolis. Male fertility is still a sensitive subject, said Goodson, a post-doctoral research associate at the NRI, making it tough to rely on traditional recruitment methods like fliers and advertisements.
But after the NRI partnered with Duke University’s MURDOCK Study in Kannapolis, which has nearly 12,000 participants, Goodson needed only one day to identify 13 men who have the genetic variant she studies.
“The MURDOCK Study has a ready population of men who are interested in clinical studies, and samples that allow me to more easily find men who meet our criteria,” she said. “Our return on investment is much, much higher.” Continue reading.

Cooking for Nourishment
A Demonstration + Talk in Center City Charlotte

In collaboration with Johnson & Wales University, we are pleased to present a very special event at the JWU campus in Center City Charlotte on September 15 at 6 PM. Peter Reinhart, Chef on Assignment, and Chef Megan Lambert, M.S., R.D., will team with NRI nutrition expert Itzel Vazquez-Vidal, Ph.D., to demonstrate delicious, healthy cooking while sharing tips for consuming a balanced, nutritious diet. Attendees will be able to sample the fare.
The location of the event is in the Hance Auditorium, Johnson & Wales University, 801 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Only a few seats remain. Register now for this much-anticipated event.
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Catawba Scholar Helps with NRI Research

Noyce Scholar Brinsley Stewart of Boonville plans to be a math teacher after she graduates from Catawba College in May 2016, but her internship experience this summer at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis gave her some keen insights into just how important math and applied statistics can be in the world of research.
Stewart, a rising senior, interned under the tutelage of Dr. Philip May, a 1969 Catawba alumnus. May is a research professor for UNC at the Nutrition Research Institute, where he continues his National Institute of Health-funded research on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Continue reading.

Take Part in Research

NRI studies rely on volunteers to be part of scientific discovery that finds new ways to detect, treat or even prevent disease. Check out the opportunities below to see if you are eligible. Follow the links to learn more about each study.

  • Maternal and Child Health Study is recruiting African American mothers who are 18 years or older with two or more children between the ages of 5 and 10.
  • Infant Cognition and Nutrition Study seeks healthy infants up to 3 months old for a research study of nutrition and how it affects memory and learning abilities in the first year of life.
  • Male Fertility Study is recruiting men between the ages of 18 and 60 to participate in a study to determine if a dietary supplement will impact infertility.