Nutrition-related disease states such as diabetes and obesity may be treatable eventually by the use of therapies at the cellular and molecular levels. The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard seeks to establish a research environment which encourages the approach to defining common clinical nutrition research problems using the most sophisticated technology and scientific knowledge available.

Register now for the NORCH P&F Symposium

Our annual Pilot and Feasibility Symposium provides the NORCH community with an opportunity to hear from the investigators funded by our P&F awards. This year’s event will take place virtually on November 18, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. A keynote talk will be given by Dr. Alessio Fasano, Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MGHfC and Director of the NORCH Genomics and Cell Biology Core.

Recent paper highlights need to increase diversity in obesity- and nutrition-focused professional organizations

A recent paper in Obesity, led by NORCH Director of Diversity Dr. Fatima Stanford, and NORCH Diversity Scholars Drs. Tiffany Carson and Michelle Cardel, characterizes the racial/ethnic diversity within nutrition- and obesity-related professional organizations in the United States. Their results demonstrate a need to increase diversity of leadership and membership within these organizations.

Thank you to our 2021 Symposium attendees!

Thank you to all of our event speakers, moderators, sponsors, and attendees for the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition and Obesity Symposium: Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century! Click below for the report by the Harvard Gazette.

members in our research base


institutions represented in our research base

publications citing our grant P30 DK040561 in 2020


attendees at our 2020 Nutrition Obesity Research Symposium

Our Goals:

  • Promote top researchers in the field and the translation of their research findings into clinically useful strategies for human advancement

  • Enable scientific discovery in nutrition and obesity by making sophisticated Core services available and by fostering collaboration within and beyond our research base

  • Share the knowledge of these advancements through a robust enrichment, education and outreach program

Our Cores:

The NORCH aims to equip nutrition and obesity researchers with the tools and technology they need in order to conduct cutting-edge research. Our Core teams provide consultations and technical support in Genomics and Cell Biology, Metabolic Imaging, Metabolic Phenotyping, and Statistics.

Genomics and Cell Biology

Metabolic Imaging

Metabolic Phenotyping

Statistical Consultation


Pilot & Feasibility funding awarded to 9 highly promising junior investigators in 2020

Pilot & Feasibility Awards

The NORCH has maintained an outstanding Pilot & Feasibility Program for over 20 years, with the goal of supporting, retaining and promoting successful young faculty to nutrition and obesity research. We have a highly selective pool of applicants each year, some of whom are chosen to present their research at our annual Pilot and Feasibility Symposium. 


Visit our Opportunities page for local and NORC-wide career and training opportunities in nutrition, obesity, and metabolism.

News and Events

Our bi-monthly Newsletter keeps our community up to date on our latest programs, publications, events, and opportunities. 


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Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard Medical School

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