NGx 2021

Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics and Precision Nutrition Virtual Short Course

6 virtual sessions: May 19 and 20, 26 and 27, and June 2 and 3, 2021

Designed for graduate students, health professionals and nutrition scientists from academia, agencies, and industry

This virtual course delivers fundamental NGx concepts and addresses barriers that impede translation of research results from laboratories to people by bringing together researchers and practitioners in NGx concepts ranging from cell biology to dietetics.

Presented by: UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) and UNC Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC)


  • Educate current and future NGx researchers
  • Provide cutting-edge research directions and methodologies in NGx
  • Bring together students, postdocs, faculty (basic scientists and translational researchers), industry researchers and clinicians in an inclusive virtual environment to foster interactions and networking


  • Unique – Participants can send their saliva samples in advance to be genotyped for more than 300,000 SNPs. You must register on or before March 1, 2021 and be a US resident to use this program feature.
  • 2 half-day sessions per week across 3 weeks to accommodate work and study schedules
  • Opening and closing plenary sessions, keynote address, 15 lectures, and 3 hands-on workshops
  • Registered Dietitians can earn up to 24.5 CPEUs for this course, if all sessions are attended.

Presenters are from departments of Nutrition, Genetics, Epidemiology, Psychology and Neuroscience, School of Pharmacy, and the Nutrition Research Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill; UNC Charlotte; Western Human Nutrition Research Center, USDA-ARS; Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genomica; and University of Missouri.


The NRI has produced this short course annually since 2016 (with the exception of 2020 due to the pandemic) with attendees and presenters from around the world. Annual attendance is capped at 80 and past attendees have included graduate students, postdocs, faculty, industry researchers, physicians, and registered dietitians.(HEYLOOKHERESAGAMECODE)

Scholarship Fund

Each year, more than half of NGx attendees are students or young investigators. Registration for graduate students is $50; $100 for postdocs (general registration is $200). In the past we have been able to offer scholarships to one-third of needy students. Sponsorships allow us to do this.

Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth J. Parks, PhD is a professor at the Univerisity of Missouri in the department of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology and division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, School of Medicine, as well as associate director of the Clinical Research Center in the Institute for Clinical Translational Science. She received the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s 2015 Award for Excellence in Junior Faculty Research Mentoring and the 2016 Robert I. Levy Award from the Kinetics and Metabolism Society.


2021 Sponsors







Registration includes 6 virtual sessions covering the full short-course content.

General – $200
Postdoc – $100
Student – $50

Registration opens January 15, 2021


The UNC NRI offers a limited number of scholarships to students and postdoctoral fellows. The 2021 scholarship deadline is March 5, 2021.

Curriculum & Agenda

Curriculum includes fundamental concepts of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and precision nutrition and hands-on experiences using the latest tools to analyze genetic data and understand a nutrigenetic profile.


Find out more about the keynote speakers and instructors of the sections of the NGx Virtual Short Course. 

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute building is located on the 350-acre NC Research Campus in Kannapolis.

UNC Chapel Hill

The Nutrition Research Institute is a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With an environment that inspires pioneering research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, UNC Chapel Hill has long been an agent for economic prosperity in North Carolina. At the NRI we are proud of our Carolina heritage and to be representing it on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

NC Research Campus

The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, just north of Charlotte, is home to eight university research centers, plus industry, government and nonprofit organizations that share the goal of empowering human health through nutrition. Collectively, scientists focus on understanding the science behind precision nutrition and safer, more nutritious crops and foods.