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March 2019

Personalized Nutrition: A Diet for Every Individual? February 25, 2019 – A new study published in the journal Genetics looks at how genetics interacts with diet to alter metabolic health (ex. body fat, cholesterol, insulin, and other markers of health and disease)....

February 2019

The Choices I.C.A.N. Make January 25, 2019 – Pregnant women are often consumed by dietary choices such as finding a great prenatal vitamin, eating foods that will promote fetal growth, and doing everything they can to protect their pregnancy. After delivery, however,...

January 2019

Offspring Brain Health Determined by Maternal Diet and Genes December 12, 2018 – The importance of choline to brain development and function was first demonstrated in the 1980s, but because choline has multiple fates and functions within the body, the question of how...

December 2018

Starving Cells May Lead to New Cancer Treatments November 20, 2018 –Nutrient availability regulates cell metabolism, growth, and survival. When nutrients are in short supply, cells can pause their growth or even eliminate themselves through a process known as...

November 2018

Choline in Human Milk Plays a Crucial Role in Infant Memory October 30, 2018 – Choline is present in human milk, and is especially important for fetal and infant development [2,3]. “The hint that choline is important for infant development comes from the fact that in...

October 2018

Celebrating a Decade of Nutrition Discoveries September 28, 2018 – This October, the NRI proudly marks its tenth anniversary of delving into the science of Precision Nutrition. What began in 2008 with two faculty members and a supporting staff of nine is, today, a...

September 2018

Memory Game Pilot Study August 30, 2018 – The Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab at the NRI is undertaking a new pilot study with 12- and 24-month-old children called the Memory Game Pilot Study. In this study the lab seeks to validate the props used in the...

August 2018

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...

July 2018

Genetic Factors in Determining Bone Mass June 29, 2018 –Osteoporosis is a serious public health concern and causes significant economic burden. Currently, about 54 million people in the United States have osteoporosis or low bone mass. It is projected that by 2025,...

June 2018

NRI Included in UNC Creativity Hubs Inaugural Award to Study Obesity May 30, 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,...

May 2018

The Connection Between Diet, Obesity and Cancer April 30, 2018 –Obesity prevalence in the US has tripled over the last 50 years. In 2016, a report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer highlighted that excess body fatness increases the risk for 13 types...

April 2018

Gut and Microbiome Study March 28, 2018 – At the NRI, we are conducting pioneering research on the interplay of diet and the gut microbiome in human health. The gut microbiome is a complex community of microorganisms living in our lower intestine; although we have...