Since its inception as the UW Clinical Nutrition Research Unit in 1985, the University of Washington (UW) Nutrition and Obesity Research Center’s (NORC) overarching goal has been to support basic, clinical, and translational research at UW related to nutrition, obesity, and related metabolic disturbances.
UW investigators performing nutrition and obesity-related research can access our three biomedical research cores (Energy Balance, Analytic, and Clinical and Translational Research Services) and our Biostatistics and Metabolomics Subcores to support their research. Located across 3 world-class campuses: UW main campus, the new UW Medicine South Lake Union biomedical research campus and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, these cores offer, optimize, and individualize services that otherwise would be either unavailable to or not cost-effective for the local nutrition and obesity research community. The UW NORC also proactively supports the educational enrichment of the UW research community through our Pilot and Feasibility and Enrichment Programs. Collectively, these cores and programs support research using animal models as well as translational, clinical, and epidemiological research focused on three overarching scientific themes: Energy Balance and Obesity Pathogenesis, Health Risks of Obesity, and Nutritional Aspects of Systemic Illness.
Pilot and Feasibility Program
The Pilot and Feasibility Program provides infrastructure to support and effectively train the next generation of basic, translational, clinical and epidemiological scientists in the fields of nutrition, obesity and metabolism.Learn More
The Enrichment Program supports collaboration within, and the educational enrichment of, the local nutrition and obesity research community.Learn More
Become a NORC Affiliate Investigator
Affiliate Investigators from diverse disciplines and over 20 UW Departments utilize NORC services in the conduct of ground-breaking science in areas ranging from methods development and molecular biology to public policy and communication-based interventions.Apply Here
- UW NORC Affiliate Investigator Spotlight–Dr. Luke Wander
- NORC Co-Director Michael Schwartz, MD, is Senior Author in Nature Metabolism
- UWMDI Investigator Joshua Thaler, MD, PhD was quoted in U.S. News & World Report
- Upcoming NIH/NCI Webinar: Why Are Individuals with Obesity from Racially/Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds at Increased Risk for Cancer?