NORC - Centers


- Boston NORC Website
DIRECTOR Susan K. Fried, PhD
Associate Directors George L. Blackburn, MD, PhD
Andrew S. Greenberg, MD


The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC), funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, is a consortium of institutions -- BMC, Tufts Medical Center and the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the Harvard School of Public Health, and three Harvard Hospitals, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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 new investigators who have gone on to exceptionally successful scientific careers.

The overall objectives of BNORC are to:
  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 four 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
  • Theme 4: Multi-level, Lifecourse Approaches to Obesity- and Nutrition-Related Diseases
Key areas of nutrition and obesity research across these themes are facilitated and fostered by BNORC Cores.


Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism Core (ABM)

Transgenic (at BIDMC)

Epidemiology and Genetics (at HSPH)

Clinical and Community Research (at Tufts and MGH)

Administrative (BNORC)

After consulting with the Core Director, please submit the Core User Request Form.

Susan K. Fried, PhD (BU School of Medicine)

Andrew Greenberg, MD (Tufts University and HNRCA)

Assistant Director
Mi-Jeong Lee, PhD (BU School of Medicine)