NORC - Centers

University of Michigan

DIRECTOR Charles Burant, MD, PhD - Michigan NORC Website


The University of Michigan NORC provides researchers with infrastructure, expertise, and training to integrate, analyze, and model data from properly designed basic, clinical, and population-based studies in obesity and metabolism-related diseases with a goal to identify better ways for prevention and treatment of obesity.

The Michigan NORC takes advantage of the resources of the Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center, the Program in Human Nutrition at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics in the School of Medicine, the National Center of Integrative Biomedical Informatics, and the Center for Exercise Research in the School of Kinesiology.

The objectives of the Michigan NORC are to:
  • Facilitate the interaction between basic, clinical, and population-based researchers in nutrition, obesity, and related metabolic disorders.
  • Support core laboratories to provide a range of basic, clinical, and translational research tools to research base investigators.
  • Provide expertise and infrastructure to promote the integration of basic research technologies into clinical studies.
  • Provide biostatistical design, data base management, and bioinformatics tools for research base investigators.
  • Support the Investigational Weight Management Clinic, which will combine state-of-the-art clinical care and translational research in developing methodologies and tools to integrate advanced human phenotyping in clinical settings.
  • Facilitate access to human subjects and phenotypic data for obesity and obesity-related research.
  • Evaluate, refine, and apply new knowledge regarding nutrition interventions, obesity, and related disorders in clinical and population-based research.
  • Enrich the intellectual and educational environment for researchers in obesity and nutrition through seminars, symposia, classes, and clinical research and clinical care opportunities, for faculty, students, and other trainees.
  • Recruit, train, motivate, and retain basic, clinical, and population-based researchers in the area of nutrition interventions and obesity and other metabolic disorders.
  • Disseminate knowledge to the research community and to the public about the causes, consequences, and treatments of nutrition, obesity, and obesity-related disorders so that public policy decisions about healthcare resources can be made in an informed environment.


Animal Phenotyping Core
The Animal Phenotyping Core provides state-of-the art equipment, services and consultative advice regarding the detailed metabolic phenotyping of rodent models of metabolic diseases.

Human Phenotyping Core
The Human Phenotyping Core offers assistance in the design, execution, and interpretation of procedures for metabolism-related clinical and biobehavioral phenotyping as well as nutrition evaluation and intervention.

Integrative Biostatistics and Informatics Core
The Integrative Biostatistics and Informatics Core provides expertise in experimental design, data management, and analysis for preclinical, clinical and translational research studies.

Molecular Phenotyping Core
The Molecular Phenotyping Core provides analytical tools to permit structural identification and quantification of metabolites and performs functional metabolic studies.