The mission of the UM NORC to identify improved methods for the prevention and treatment of obesity, supporting a continuum of care from primary, secondary, tertiary prevention.
- To facilitate the interaction between basic, clinical and population-based researchers in nutrition, obesity and related metabolic disorders.
- To support Core Laboratories to provide a range of basic, clinical and translational research tools to Research Base investigators.
- To provide expertise and infrastructure to promote the integration of basic research technologies into clinical studies.
- To provide biostatistical design, database management and bioinformatics tools for the Research Base.
- To support a Demonstration Unit, the Investigational Weight Management Clinic, which will combine state of the art clinical care and translational research in developing methodologies and tools to integrated, advanced human phenotypingin the clinical setting.
- To facilitate access to human subjects and phenotypic data for obesity and obesity-related research.
- To evaluate, refine, and apply new knowledge regarding nutrition interventions, obesity and related disorders in clinical and population-based research.
- To enrich the intellectual and educational environment for researchers in obesity and nutrition through seminars, symposia, classes, clinical research, and clinical care opportunities for faculty, students, and other trainees.
- To recruit, train, motivate and retain basic, clinical and population-based researchers in the area of nutrition interventions, obesity, and other metabolic disorders.
- To disseminate knowledge to the research community and to the public about the causes, consequences and treatments of nutrition, obesity, and obesity-related disorders so that public policy decisions about health care resources can be made in an informed environment.