NORC - Centers

University of Minnesota

DIRECTOR Allen S. Levine, PhD - UM NORC Website


The mission of the University of Minnesota's NORC is to find ways to prevent weight gain, the onset of obesity, and the complications from obesity. The Minnesota NORC is collaborative effort among five institutions in the Minneapolis/Rochester area including the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Hennepin County Medical Center, HealthPartners Research Foundation, and the Mayo Clinic.

The goals of the Minnesota NORC are to:
  • Find the underlying problems that lead to obesity.
  • Identify behaviors that lead to obesity and find ways to help change those behaviors.
  • Seek means to prevent obesity-related co-morbidities.
  • Determine public health and public policy measures that will reduce the frequency and severity of obesity.
The specific aims of the Minnesota NORC are to:
  • Build the research base and research activity addressing obesity through leveraging resources, providing key services, advocacy, and interactions.
  • Increase support for obesity investigators by providing Center resources, by encouraging application of Minnesota resources and by enabling competitive external funding.
  • Support development of new obesity scientists and movement of established scientists into obesity science.
  • Provide translational information for clinical obesity prevention and treatment, public policy efforts, and community groups to help combat obesity and reduce health care costs.


Disordered Eating Assessment Core
The Disordered Eating Assessment Core provides assessment of disordered eating and other psychopathology, and the development of interventions for such disordered eating.

Epidemiology and Intervention Core
The Epidemiology and Intervention Core offers high quality services for epidemiological and behavioral intervention studies.

Metabolic Studies Core
The Metabolic Studies Core provides access to established and state-of-the-art methods for studying energy metabolism and nutrient partitioning at the whole body level in humans and animals.

Molecular and Cellular Basis of Obesity Core
The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Obesity Core offers the latest tools for developing and evaluating gain-of-function and loss-of-function models and the techniques to assess the consequences at the level of gene and/or protein expression.