The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Washington is organized around four cores:
- An Energy Balance Core, which provides Affiliate Investigators with a comprehensive, state-of-the-art resource for measuring energy balance and body composition, for characterizing metabolic and diabetogenic phenotypes and for utilization of sophisticated imaging techniques relevant to nutrition and obesity.
- An Adipose Tissue and Obesity Core, which provides facilities and assistance for in vivo and in vitro studies of adipose tissue and macrophage biology as well as quantitative analysis of atherosclerosis in mouse models. Body and liver fat measurement by DXA and MRI are also provided as is Translational Studies Support to assist investigators with the conduct of clinical research studies.
- An Analytic Core to provide Affiliate Investigators with cost-efficient state-of-the-art nutritional assays in both human subjects and experimental animals, and to help with new methods development and support research using metabolomics.
- An Administrative and Enrichment Core that oversees the day-to-day administration of the NORC as well as an enrichment program that serves the educational needs of the local research community, including a series of seminars, symposia and retreats, and a biostatistical subcore that supports both basic and clinical research. This core also administers 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 in response to evolving research interests at the University of Washington.
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.