Breaking the Obesity-Cancer Link

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...
Obesity Linked with Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications

Obesity Linked with Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications

This article was published originally by UNC-Chapel Hill in Health and Medicine on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020. A review of COVID-19 studies reveals a troubling connection between two health crises: coronavirus and obesity. From COVID-19 risk to recovery, the odds...
Voruganti to Advance Research on Childhood Obesity with NIH Grant

Voruganti to Advance Research on Childhood Obesity with NIH Grant

NRI principal investigator Saroja Voruganti, PhD, has received a 2020 Cross Border Collaboration Award from the Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Fogarty International Center (FIC). The awards support research...
Breaking the Link Between Obesity, Gastrointestinal Cancers

Breaking the Link Between Obesity, Gastrointestinal Cancers

October 3, 2018 – UNC NRI’s and UNC Lineberger’s Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH, along with Cornelia Ulrich, PhD, MS, the director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and colleagues, reviewed findings from research looking at the biological links between obesity and cancers of the colon, rectum, pancreas, liver, esophagus, gallbladder and stomach, as well as published studies on how diet, exercise, weight loss surgery, and other weight-related interventions may help reverse this connection.

Prenatal Calories More Important than Alcohol Exposure in Obesity

Prenatal Calories More Important than Alcohol Exposure in Obesity

July 31, 2018 – Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) impairs fetal neurodevelopment and ultimately causes fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). PAE has also been associated with low birthweight and a higher risk for development of childhood obesity and metabolic dysfunction including glucose intolerance and cardiovascular disease.

NRI Included in UNC Creativity Hubs Inaugural Award to Study Obesity

NRI Included in UNC Creativity Hubs Inaugural Award to Study Obesity

May 14, 2018 – Five NRI faculty members are among a team of UNC researchers receiving an award to study one of the world’s most pressing issues: the obesity epidemic. The cross-disciplinary team, known as the Heterogeneity in Obesity Creativity Hub, will leverage the strengths of Carolina’s schools of medical and health sciences, affiliated research centers and institutes, and prowess in big data management to take a novel approach to assess the underlying causes of obesity to unlock new, targeted ways to treat the disease.