Center for Translational Biomedical Research
Welcome to the website for the Center for Translational Biomedical Research at the North Carolina Research Campus.
The UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research (CTBR), a satellite to the Office of Research and Economic Development, is located at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC, www.ncresearchcampus.net) in Kannapolis, NC (near Charlotte; ~70 miles SW of Greensboro).
The UNCG CTBR is housed in the UNC Nutrition Research Building, and possesses 5000 sq. ft. of office and laboratory space. The center consists of two research groups, the Laboratory of Metabolomics and the Laboratory of Metabolic Liver Disease. The mission of the UNCG CTBR is to implement biomedical discoveries for understanding of disease pathogenesis and development of novel interventions for prevention and treatment.
The current research activities at the CTBR focus on metabolic diseases. Metabolism refers to all chemical reactions in the body cells to convert or use energy.
Specific proteins in the cells control the chemical reactions of metabolism. Metabolic disease refers a medical condition that develops when metabolic reactions do not run normally. Scientists at the CTBR are conducting research to reveal causes of metabolic diseases and to explore dietary interventions such as using bioactive ingredients from food, plants and traditional Chinese medicines for the prevention and treatment. Fatty liver disease, an emerging health problem worldwide, is one of the major research efforts currently undertaken at the CTBR.