Precision Nutrition

A leader in the Precision Nutrition space, the NRI is developing and applying cutting-edge methods to determine why metabolism and nutrition requirements differ between individuals. We seek to understand nutrient metabolism and its relationship to human development and disease with the goal of increasingly replacing general dietary guidance with more customized nutrition recommendations.

Advanced Approaches to Science


The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI)
is an internationally recognized center that conducts innovative basic and translational science studying how individual differences in requirements and responses to diet affect our individual nutritional needs.

We believe that our advances in nutrition science are leading to successes in preventing or mitigating the negative effects of chronic diseases and aging, and in improving human development, even prior to conception.

Nutrigenetics
Identifying the genetic blueprint that makes each of us respond uniquely to nutrition and what it means for our personal health.

Epigenetics
Studying chemical marks on genes that turn them on or off, and are often affected by nutrition early and for the rest of life.

Nutrigenomics
Using molecular tools to understand how nutrients may affect the expression of genes.

Metabolomics
Measuring thousands of small molecules (metabolites) to better understand how nutrition affects our metabolism, performance and health.

Microbiome
Studying how each of the many microbe species in our gut affects our nutritional health in different ways and makes us respond uniquely to nutrition.

What is Precision Nutrition?

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