NORC - Centers

University of Colorado at Denver

DIRECTOR James O. Hill, PhD - Colorado NORC Website


The major goal of the University of Colorado at Denver's NORC is to create an environment in which researchers are able to work together to conduct high-quality research in nutrition and obesity. The Colorado NORC helps create that environment by facilitating interaction and collaboration among investigators working at different levels of basic and clinical investigation, from gene to cell to organ to animal model to human to clinical to community intervention.

The specific aims of the Colorado NORC are:
  • Enhance an existing strong and well-funded research base in nutrition and obesity by providing an infrastructure to support ongoing nutrition and obesity research, providing measurements and expertise that would not otherwise be available to individual investigators, and providing measurements in a cost-effective manner.
  • Promote interdisciplinary collaborative, vertically integrated research among members of the Colorado NORC research base.
  • Strengthen several NIH-funded training programs in nutrition and obesity that provide education and research training for graduate, undergraduate, and medical students and that assist promising young M.D.s and Ph.D.s in becoming independent investigators in the field of nutrition and obesity.
  • Translate basic and clinical research into programs to improve health and wellness and reduce obesity in the community.
  • Improve the quality of nutrition and obesity information provided to the public.


Metabolic Core
The Metabolic Core provides consultation and support for the investigation of insulin resistance, obesity, and inflammation in cellular and molecular focused research.

Energy Balance Core
The Energy Balance Core provides expertise and state-of-the-art instrumentation and techniques for measuring all aspects of energy balance for obesity and nutrition-related research.

Weight Management Clinical Core
The Weight Management Clinical Core supports weight loss and weight maintenance research through the delivery of diet and exercise interventions for patient oriented research studies.