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Teens Cognition Improves with Choline

The Zeisel laboratory at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) is well known for defining the importance of the nutrient choline in infant brain development. They discovered that choline in mother’s diet during pregnancy is extremely important for optimal brain development in her baby. But, is this the only time in life that choline can improve brain function? Could teenagers eat extra choline to help their school performance? Read more...

Assessing Progress Toward Public Health, Human Rights, and International Development Goals Using Frontier Analysis

The Water Institute researchers describe a recently developed new use of frontier analysis and apply this method to calculate country performance indices in three areas: maternal mortality ratio, poverty headcount ratio, and primary school completion rate. Read More...

FPG Launches Comprehensive Study of Early Learning in Rural NC

UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) will study the early learning experiences of rural children in North Carolina from pre-kindergarten through third grade to identify policies and practices that promote school success. The new study, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, builds on FPG’s work in rural NC.  Read More...

Mother’s Diet Impacts Development of Baby’s Brain

Just-published research from Dr. Zeisel’s laboratory (Wang et al., 2016) shows that a maternal low-choline diet causes severe alterations of cortical growth and development in offspring and provides mechanistic insight into how this happens. Read More...

Students in Orange County Schools Rate New Healthy Menu Options

The childhood obesity epidemic has brought many different ideas and approaches to helping children learn to eat more healthy foods, and making those changes can be especially difficult when it comes to school lunch. A partnership between UNC Children’s and the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention — funded through a $59,956 donation  from Kohl’s — is enabling cafeteria staff in Orange County to develop healthier menu options and solicit feedback from the most important stakeholders: students. Read More...