UH awarded $11 million NIH grant for Precision Nutrition Center of Excellence
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded the University of Hawaii at Manoa a five-year, $11-million grant to fund creation of an Integrative Center for Precision Nutrition and Human Health, a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).
Precision nutrition focuses on individualized differences in how nutrients are consumed, absorbed and converted to energy. Culture and customs, dietary preferences, genetics/epigenetics, environmental factors and economics all contribute to widely varying nutrition and overall health outcomes.
The Precision Nutrition COBRE grant is led by Dr. Marla Berry, Director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and an outstanding cross-disciplinary leadership team of faculty from SOEST, the John A. Burns School of Medicine, the UH Cancer Center, and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at UH, the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and community stakeholders.
The Precision Nutrition Team
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), one of the 27 institutes within NIH, supports the COBRE Program to foster faculty development and institutional research infrastructure enhancement through the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program.