Molecular Nutrition (MolNU)
The Molecular Nutrition Unit (MolNU) will promote innovation, scientific competence and training in understanding the importance of nutrition and physical activity in preventing and treating diseases associated with diet and poor lifestyle
By year 2015, 2.3 billion people will be overweight in the world, 700 million will be obese and 250 million will have diabetes (World Health Organization, WHO). A similar trend with enhanced incidence of overweight, insulin resistance and diabetes is seen in Norway.
Our objective of our thematic area is to develop an integrated understanding of the molecular mechanisms on how energy metabolism, obesity and physical activity are linked to insulin sensitivity, inflammation and cancer.
The main synergy in MolNU is their strength in basic biology and collaboration with Norwegian Transgene Centre (NTS) for animal studies and Centre for Clinical Nutrition (CCN) for human intervention trials as well as large cohort studies, to obtain an in-depth understand on how energy metabolism is linked to;
- Insulin sensitivity
MolNU will generate knowledge that can translate into practical prevention and treatment of some of the most common diseases in modern societies.