About the University of Washington Nutrition Obesity Research Center

About_Us_UW_NORC_MEDThe Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) has been designed to promote and enhance interdisciplinary nutrition and obesity research at the University of Washington. By providing a number of Core Facilities, the NORC seeks to integrate and coordinate the abundant ongoing activities with the goals of fostering new interdisciplinary research collaborations, stimulating new research activities, improving nutrition/obesity education at multiple levels. Core facilities are available for use by Affiliate Investigators, who are broadly dispersed throughout several schools and numerous departments and divisions within the University of Washington.

The objectives of the 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;
  • To integrate, coordinate, and foster interdisciplinary collaborative studies among investigators interested in nutrition and obesity at the University of Washington;
  • To 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; and
  • To improve education in nutrition and obesity research and in the practice and principles of clinical nutrition for medical students, students in allied health professions, housestaff, and practicing physicians.
The Core Facilities are:
  1. An Energy Balance Core to provide investigators assistance with measurements of body composition, energy balance and glucose metabolism for research involving rodents, and specialized metabolic imaging capability for human as well as rodent studies.
  2. An Adipose Tissue and Obesity Core to provide investigators with facilities and assistance for in vivo and in vitro studies of adipose tissue and macrophage biology.
  3. An Analytic Core to provide investigators with cost-efficient state-of-the-art nutritional assays, to help with methods development and to support metabolomics research.
  4. An Administrative and Enrichment Core responsible for the day-to-day administration of the NORC. This Core also sponsors a series of seminars and retreats, and administers the Biostatistics Subcore, and the Pilot and Feasibility Program aimed at stimulating nutrition and obesity research by junior investigators and by more established investigators new to the field of nutrition.
The University of Washington NORC is supported by the National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, grant # P30 DK035816. Please cite this grant support in your publications if you have utilized NORC facilities for the research.