PNBH 2021

Precision Nutrition and Brain Health

Virtual Symposium

April 15-16, 2021

Dates don’t work for you? Recordings will be available through April 30.


How to Build a Brain for a Better Tomorrow

Our brains are built and supported by our mothers’ diets and then, by our diets. An individual’s response to incoming nutrition is programmed and very individualized. 

Maternal nutrition is important for fetal development even before conception: We now know that sufficient nutrition is necessary from the very beginning, even pre-conception, for proper development of the subsequent infant. After birth, the brain continues to grow rapidly. The neural tissue built from maternal diet is expanded by individual diet, but both stages are driven by maternal and individual genetics. At the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), we strive to understand how the process of brain development and function can be optimized for an individual based on his or her genetic and nutritional backgrounds. 

To further explore and expand research focused on this area, the NRI will bring together scientists, physicians, students, and funding agency representatives, including from the NIH, for a two-day symposium titled “Precision Nutrition and Brain Health” to be held online on April 15 and 16, 2021.

Symposium Focus

  • understanding how the interaction between genes and nutrition affects brain development and health
  • incorporating precision nutrition into research on brain development
  • advancing the field of brain development and function with precision nutrition


  • a keynote speaker in each of four areas as they relate to nutrition: brain development and aging, nutrigenetics, and gut-brain axis
  • speakers who are leaders in their fields of the effects of nutrition on brain development and aging, nutrigenetics, and the gut-brain axis
  • networking session to bring together leaders and trainees for organic discussions
  • a funding expert who will answer questions from the attendees

Who will attend

Scientists and medical professionals from academia, government, and industry will attend to help them understand response to interventions.

NRI Diversity Scholarship Opportunity

The UNC NRI is pleased to fund tuition scholarships for under-represented applicants to attend the Precision Nutrition and Brain Health Virtual Symposium on April 15-16, 2021. Click here for details and to apply.


2021 Keynote Speakers




Kjersti M. Aagaard, MD, PhD         Michael K. Georgieff, MD                    Rodney Johnson, PhD                          Rima Rozen, PhD







General – $175

Affiliate (UNC-CH, NCRC) – $150

Postdoc & Students – $100

Registration is Open.

Submit an Abstract

Submit your poster abstract here.

The submission deadline is March 16, 2021.

You do not have to submit a poster in order to register.


The agenda is designed to maximize time attendees have to engage in lectures, panel discussions and informal conversations throughout the symposium.


PNBH 2021 features keynote speakers in four areas as they relate to nutrition: brain development, aging, genetics, and gut-brain axis and speakers who are leaders in their fields of the effects of nutrition on brain development, genetics, and the gut-brain axis.


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.