NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has received an $11.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a research center focused on obesity.

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules, or NPOD, will build on the university's research in nutrition and health. It also will collaborate with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which aims to establish a community of researchers in genetics, biochemistry, food science, immunology, and computer science.

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