NRI Scientist’s Research Reveals Important Statistics: FASD Prevalent in US

February 26, 2018 –A new study of more than 6,000 first-graders across four U.S. communities has found that a significant number of the children have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with conservative rates ranging from 1 to 5 percent in community samples. The new findings represent more accurate prevalence estimates of FASD among general U.S. communities than prior research. Previous FASD estimates were based on smaller study populations and did not reflect the overall U.S. population. The study was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.   Read more.

Do You Have the Cure for the Common Cold?

February 26, 2018 – Everyone gets the common cold; hence, its name. Why isn’t there a cure or preventative vaccine? Actually there is, and you have it already – an active lifestyle including regular physical activity. David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, the director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus, explains. Read more.

Appetite For Life – March 14, 2018 

Using Biochemical Fingerprints to Understand Individual Health and Response
Susan Sumner, PhD, Professor of Nutrition, UNC Nutrition Research Institute

Program Synopsis
Metabolomics involves the study of the low molecular weight complement of cells, tissues, and biological fluids.  Metabolomics makes it feasible to profile the biochemistry of an individual or system – providing a biochemical fingerprint.  This approach is being used in studies to assess the pattern of changes (and related metabolites) arising during different periods of health and wellness and can be used to develop strategies for nutritional intervention. During this program, Dr. Sumner will provide an overview of studies in which metabolomics has been used to gain biological insights into pregnancy complications, autism, immune responses, and environmentally relevant exposures.

Program begins at 6:00 PM at Restaurant Forty-Six101 West Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Seating is limited. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Come a few minutes early to get a seat, and enjoy light bites, compliments of Restaurant Forty-Six.

  • April 18 – AFL @ Johnson & Wales University
  • May 16 – Emma Allott, PhD
  • June 14 – Summer Tours begin at NRI

Registration for each program opens 4 weeks in advance on

NGx Short Course June 4-7, 2018 in Kannapolis, NC 

Designed for graduate students, health professionals and nutrition scientists from academia and industry
Presented by UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) and the UNC Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC)
This workshop-style course (16 CEUs) will provide the fundamental concepts of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition through cutting edge presentations and hands-on experiences. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a personal DNA test and examine their own nutrigenetic data.

Defining Precision Nutrition Symposium – May 1-2

This new symposium is for scientists and nutrition and medical professionals from academia, government, and industry to help them understand response to interventions. Symposium website