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Nutrition Obesity Research Center

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) is an NIH-funded, university-wide interdisciplinary research center established to foster a multidisciplinary approach to basic, clinical, and translational research and research training with an emphasis on understanding the causal factors underlying nutrition and obesity-related health problems and the generation and evaluation of evidence on their consequences, prevention, and alleviation.

The NORC comprises 159 investigators from 58 academic units, with total direct funding of $56 million for nutrition/obesity research. The NORC is composed of four research core facilities, a pilot/feasibility program, and an enrichment program.

Research Core Facilities

  • The Physical Activity and Exercise Core supports research in physical activity, fitness, and exercise testing across all human populations.
  • The Metabolism Core supports metabolic studies in humans and small animals.
  • The Biostatistics Core supports study design and data analysis, and methodologic research in optimal design of clinical trials for obesity.
  • The Animal Models Core supports research related to energy expenditure and body composition in small animals.

Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Study Program

The program supports four to five P/F studies and a Named New Investigator.

Enrichment Program

The program coordinates the NORC Seminar Series, an annual symposium, and the center Web site.

Please be reminded to acknowledge support from the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center in your publications by citing NIDDK grant # DK056336; such as, "The project described was supported by Award Number P30DK056336 from the National Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases or the National Institutes of Health."