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Lab 02In Alabama, more than 1 in 3 adults are obese and more than 1 in 3 children age 10 to 17 are obese. But the larger problem of this epidemic begins before a person reaches age 10. Matter of fact – obesity begins in some before they reach age five.

We are furthering our research to look at the effects of metabolic abnormalities imprinted in the womb. We are expanding our care to work with caregivers in at-risk neighborhoods. We are working to improve nutrition health in people throughout the continuum of life.

Our ground-breaking nutrition research work is conducted in these centers.

Diabetes Research Center (DRC)

 The DRC, which focuses on developing new methods to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure diabetes and its complications, is a multi-disciplinary operation with faculty researchers from UAB's Schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Public Health, among other units. It operates in collaboration with the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center to promote excellence in diabetes research and patient care. The DRC supports research in the areas of pathology, animal physiology, human biology, metrics and health services research, and community research.

We are home to one of only 17 DRCs in the United States.

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Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)

The NORC is an NIH-funded, university-wide interdisciplinary research center established to foster a multidisciplinary approach to basic, clinical, and translational research and research training with an emphasis on understanding the causal factors underlying nutrition and obesity-related health problems and the generation and evaluation of evidence on their consequences, prevention, and alleviation. The NORC, which is composed of four research core facilities, a pilot/feasibility program, and an enrichment program, comprises 159 investigators from 58 academic units, with total direct funding of $56 million for nutrition/obesity research.

We are home to one of only 11 NORCs in the United States.

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