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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation's largest medical research agency dedicated to supporting scientific research that turns discovery into public health. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), within NIH, is committed to supporting those research programs that enhance the public's understanding of some of the most prevalent diseases impacting public health.

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NIDDK funds twelve university-based Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) that are specifically designed to support research that explores the development, treatment, and prevention of obesity and closely examines the relationship between health and nutrition. The overall goal of the NORC program is to bring together basic science and clinical investigators to enhance and extend the effectiveness of nutritional sciences and obesity research.

The objectives of the NORCs are to:

  • Create or strengthen a focus in biomedical research institutions for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in nutritional sciences and/or obesity
  • Develop new knowledge concerning the etiology, development, assessment, treatment, and prevention of nutrition-related diseases, obesity, and eating disorders
  • Understand control and modulation of energy metabolism in obesity, including the interaction between physical activity, nutrient metabolism, and food intake
  • Identify and treat disorders associated with abnormalities of energy balance and weight management such as in anorexia nervosa, AIDS, and cancer
  • Strengthen training environments to improve education of medical students, practicing physicians, and allied health personnel