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    The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC) is funded by the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. BNORC is a consortium of institutions that includes Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of MedicineTufts University, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  The Center’s Cores, Pilot and Feasibility Program and Enrichment programs promote inter- and multi-disciplinary research in nutrition and obesity.  The Center’s Pilot and Feasibility Program 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.