NORC - Centers

University of Washington

DIRECTOR Michael Schwartz, MD - University of Washington NORC Website


The overall theme of the research supported by the University of Washington's NORC focuses on the role of nutrition in the etiology, prevention, and management of chronic disease. The center's research is based on four central themes:
  • Body Weight Regulation & Obesity
  • Adipose Tissue Biology & Inflammation
  • Lipids & Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
The objectives of the University of Washington NORC are to:
  • Promote multidisciplinary interactions in nutrition and obesity research by providing an attractive and nurturing environment designed to increase productivity, enhance efficiency, and generate new ideas through organized interdisciplinary collaborative efforts and dissemination of research information among scientists and clinicians of various backgrounds.
  • Integrate, coordinate, and foster interdisciplinary collaborative studies among investigators interested in nutrition and obesity at the University of Washington.
  • Provide initial support for junior investigators or those new to the field of nutrition and obesity, and to stimulate the application of knowledge from related fields to the area of nutrition and obesity.
  • Improve education in nutrition and obesity research and in the practice and principles of clinical nutrition for medical students, students in allied health professions, and practicing physicians.


Adipose Tissue and Lipid Biology Core
The Adipose Tissue and Lipid Biology Core provides assistance for in vivo and in vitro studies of adipose tissue and lipid biology.

Analytic Core
The Analytic Core provides cost-efficient, state-of-the-art nutritional assays and method development for metabolomics research.

Energy Balance and Glucose Metabolism Core
The Energy Balance and Glucose Metabolism Core offers assistance with measurements of body composition, energy balance and glucose metabolism for research involving rodents and specialized metabolic imaging capability for humans.