Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics and Precision Nutrition Short Course

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

This 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.
  • Keynote address, 16 lectures, and 2 hands-on workshops
  • Registered Dietitians can earn up to 17.5 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; University of Illinois; and Baylor College of Medicine USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center.


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.

Scholarship Fund

A limited number of scholarships are available for young investigators to attend NGx. Our sponsors help make these possible. See “Scholarship” below to apply.


2022 Sponsors




2022 NGx Summary

 The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics, and Precision Nutrition (NGx) Short Course is a 4-day workshop designed for graduate students, health professionals and nutrition scientists from academia and industry. The course provides the fundamental concepts of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition. The sixth annual workshop was held as an in-person conference May 16-19 in Concord and Kannapolis, NC.

Applying NGx principles, scientists are developing precision nutrition, the concept that, because people are different from one another, nutrition that works well for one person may not be as effective for someone else. This is due, in part, to each of us having unique variations in our genome that can affect what we require and how we respond to nutrition.

The course was delivered by 16 researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, U.S Department of Agriculture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and National Institute of Genomic Medicine (INMEGEN) in Mexico City. Robert Waterland, professor of Pediatrics-Nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine, delivered the keynote address. Over the four-day course, 18 topics were offered, including genetics in nutrition epidemiology, experimental nutrigenetic approaches with bioinformatics, NGx and the microbiome, and the role of microRNAs in epigenetics and metabolic programming. The final day focused on concerns around childhood obesity and the application of NGx approaches to preventing it. Two hands-on workshops ran concurrently throughout the course; attendees selected to participate in either a practice-based or research-based session.

Forty-five persons, representing 12 states and 3 countries in addition to the US, registered for the workshop. Attendees included graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, clinical practitioners (MD and RD), and a biotechnology company researcher.

The NGx short course educates current and future NGx researchers and provides cutting-edge research directions and methodologies in NGx. “As someone recently entering the nutrition and nutrigenomics sphere, the conference was an invaluable primer to the world of nutrition and genetics and the vast relevance and reach of the field,” said Carolyn Lis, MPH-RD candidate. “Hearing from experts from both the NRI campus and outside universities as well as visiting the labs and seeing the cutting-edge tools firsthand expanded my view on how nutrigenomics can impact health.”

Where We Are

UNC Nutrition Research Institute

500 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081

UNC Nutrition Research Institute

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.