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Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard

In 1994, the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORC) was established with the award of one of ten national Nutrition Center Research grants from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) (P30-DK40561).

The intent of these national research centers is to promote nutrition research in an environment containing NIH-supported investigations, aspiring investigators and an environment that can attract MDs and PhDs to pursue an investigative career in nutrition. The environment for the NORC includes Harvard Medical School and its affiliated teaching hospitals (Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) and the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Clinical Research Center in the Department of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MFH, and Children's Hospital. The center, in its third five-year renewal, contains eighty investigators and eighteen associates investigators.

This NIH-funded research center is the research arm of the DON. Its overall mission is to promote and enhance nutrition research within the greater Boston community. This is accomplished by providing core facilities (a Genomics and a Statistics Core as part of the Administrative Core), annual pilot/feasibility study funding, and through a research education program (annual nutrition research symposium and a monthly Boston Nutrition Seminars) which helps bring investigators together for collaboration and to attract researchers into nutritional research.


The HCNRC is comprised of Investigators, Associate Investigators and Pilot/Feasibility Award recipients. To be an investigator you must be the Principal Investigator on an NIH R01, R21 or R03 Award or its foundation equivalent. Associate Investigators are junior faculty aspiring to become principal investigators and usually with an advanced training award such as Mentored Clinical Investigator Award (K Awardees) from the NIH or its foundation equivalent.

All investigators and associate investigators involved with the NORC have preferential access to biomedical core facilities, statistical consultancy, eligibility for pilot feasibility funding, and mailing list access to education programs.Please use the menu at left to navigate through this section. Or, you may use one of the links below to find out more about the Center’s Background, Goals and Objectives.

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