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Nutrition Obesity Research Center
The Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) is an NIH-funded, university-wide research center established to foster a multidisciplinary approach to basic, clinical, and translational research with an emphasis on understanding the metabolic factors, environmental influences, and associated genetic traits underlying nutrition and obesity-related health problems.
- Founder: Roland L. Weinsier, M.D., Dr.P.H.
- Director: David B. Allison, Ph.D.
- Associate Director: W. Timothy Garvey, M.D.
The NORC comprises 143 investigators from 30 academic units, with many extramural grants for nutrition/obesity research. The NORC is comprised 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 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."