Center Overview

The science of nutrition helps improve quality of life. Nutrition offers methods that not only treat, but also prevent illness.

Faculty involved with the Center for Human Nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center are devoted to discovering, teaching, and working collaboratively with fellow researchers. As clinical investigators, their mission is to understand the study of abnormal metabolism and to draw out the contributions of nutrition and genetics in human beings.

All research carried out through the Center seeks extraordinary scientific discovery and different methods of healthy living.

 

Scientific evidence indicates that nutrition plays a role in the cause of many chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, and even some acute illnesses. Research opportunities through the Center bring fundamental insights into nutritionally-related diseases and treatment techniques.

The study of human nutrition at UT Southwestern is divided into three areas of concentration: the cause, the prevention, and the treatment of disease in humans.

Research in human nutrition involves direct patient interaction as well as laboratory investigations with patient samples. All research carried out through the Center seeks extraordinary scientific discovery and different methods of healthy living.

The Center works to improve common nutritional knowledge and promote obesity prevention throughout the community.

 

Collaboration between the Center and the Department of Clinical Nutrition, allows the Medical Center to offer programs which involve the educational component to nutrition and is linked closely to the research conducted at the Center. The Center and the Department work hand-in-hand in teaching students the future of medicine, today. In fact, Scott Grundy, M.D., is Director of the Center for Human Nutrition and the Clinical and Translation Research Center, which translates discovery into patient application.

The Center works to improve common nutritional knowledge and promote obesity prevention throughout the community. While offering weekly conferences that discuss obesity and metabolism, the faculty and staff are actively formulating an educational program for the Dallas Independent School District and other local organizations in the community.

The program encompasses clinical consultation in treating patients suffering from ailments such as obesity, malnutrition, and dietary risk factors. The same program will involve preparation of food products and a public education campaign with seminars and media presentations for organizations. See the Nutrition pages on utswmedicine.org, our patient care website, for tips on the most common questions on nutritional information. And learn more about our Friends of the Center for Human Nutrition

Through a clearly-defined effort, faculty and postdoctoral trainees work daily to learn and share essential nutritional information with colleagues and the community.

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