The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) is one of twelve Nutrition Obesity Research Centers funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases. The NORCH was established in 1994, and Dr. Grinspoon has served as the principal investigator since 2015.
The NORCH supports a research base of over 100 investigators in nutrition, obesity and metabolism in the Boston area and beyond by providing services to investigators in the form of statistical support and coordinated Core services. The NORCH staff aims to foster a research community with active exchange of ideas and building of collaborations, with a particular focus on supporting junior investigators in nutrition and obesity research. Additionally, the NORCH hosts an annual symposium and provides pilot and feasibility funding for research related to nutrition, obesity and metabolism.
Currently the Center is working to match eligible scholars from backgrounds underrepresented in academia (URiA) to research mentors at Harvard and our affiliate organizations to apply for NIH-funded Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. More information is available on the NORCH website.