Director: Simeon Taylor, MD, PhD
Associate Director: Braxton Mitchell, MPH, PhD
The Mid-Atlantic NORC provides infrastructure and resources to expand the scope of our collaborative research efforts and to expedite new discoveries in nutrition-related research. A major goal is to provide a research needed establish nutritional guidelines that minimize chronic disease risk and address health disparities in our population.
Our NORC brings together resources and expertise in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, functional genomics, basic adipose cell biology and clinical investigation that can address basic mechanisms that determine individual responses to energy imbalance and to specific nutrients. Furthermore, our members possess expertise in applied physiology and clinical interventions to carry out translational research that extend basic research findings.
NORC members focus their work on the influence of nutrition and exercise on risk for age-related chronic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease (CVD), sleep disordered breathing, and osteoporosis. To identify and evaluate the important genes that predict biological responses to diet (nutrigenomics) and exercise, our multidisciplinary research team utilizes the full spectrum of human genetics research from recruitment and phenotyping to high throughput molecular genetics to state-of-the-art statistical genetic analyses.
Our research base currently includes investigators working on nutrition- and obesity-related research at three institutions: The University of Maryland, Baltimore and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with multidisciplinary expertise and a strong track record of collaboration and NIH funding.
The goals of the Mid-Atlantic NORC are: