The Washington University Center for Human Nutrition was established in 1995. The Center is comprised of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), the Atkins Center of Excellence in Obesity Medicine, the Washington University Weight Management Program and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Nutrition Support Service. The Center is the nidus for obesity and nutrition research and training at Washington University School of Medicine; it provides core laboratory support, a pilot and feasibility research program, a weekly research seminar series and mentorship/training for young investigators.
Washington University's NORC is one of 12 such centers in the United States funded by the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Our NORC activities enhance our understanding of the clinical and research aspects of nutrition and obesity. Since its inception in 1999, the NORC has served as a nucleus for the growth and development of nutrition and obesity research at Washington University. Our center focuses on 5 major areas of research through interdisciplinary research teams: Research Team 1: Obesity-related metabolic and organ system dysfunction; Research Team 2: Adipose tissue biology and immune function/inflammation; Research Team 3: Obesity prevention and therapy; Research Team 4: Maternal, fetal, childhood nutrition and obesity; and Research Team 5: Aging and nutrition.