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The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC), funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, is a consortium of institutions —
Boston University School of Medicine,
Tufts University, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Our Cores, Pilot and Feasibility Program and annual programs, retreat, seminars and workshops promote inter- and multi-disciplinary research in nutrition and obesity.

We are especially proud of our Pilot and Feasibility Program which has helped support many promising early career investigators who have gone on to exceptionally successful scientific careers.


1) Facilitate and support the conduct of cutting edge basic and translational research in the fields of nutrition and obesity science in the Boston area with the long term goal of promoting optimal health throughout the lifespan.

2) Contribute to and help coordinate utilization of resources that enrich the education and training of investigators, be they new to the field or established investigators from other fields, in order to promote the conduct of transdisciplinary nutrition and obesity research.


Our Center is organized to address cross-cutting themes that represent key gaps in understanding the relationship between nutrition and health, and the pathogenesis of obesity and its associated metabolic diseases:

Theme 1: Nutrient Metabolism in Health and Disease

Theme 2: Brain Control of Feeding Behavior and Metabolism

Theme 3: Environmental and Genetic Influences on Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases


Key areas of nutrition and obesity research across these themes are facilitated and fostered by BNORC Cores:

Adipose Biology & Nutrient Metabolism


Epidemiology & Genetics

Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics



The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center is administratively based at Boston Medical Center and is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIDDK) grant P30DK046200. All publications resulting from the utilization of BNORC resources are required to credit the Center by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement and must comply with NIH Public Access Policy.