What We Do

The Center for Nutrition Research (CNR) conducts human nutrition and clinical studies to determine the health benefits of foods and food components in a variety of specialty areas.  We substantiate health claims through evidence-based science.

What You Get

Research related to

  • Clinical Trials
  • Pre-Clinical Trials
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Satiety
  • Claims Validation
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Attitudes and Behavior
  • Expertise in determining the health benefits of food and food components.
  • Cost effective test designs used in  pre-clinical and clinical studies.
  • Fully integrated analytical chemistry lab and pilot plant capabilities.
  • Practical data that aligns and validates food safety and nutrition goals.
  • Facilitated path-to-market strategy through early and ongoing regulatory interaction. 
  • Robust business models that support innovative product designs.
  • Reduced cost of innovation through industry, government and academic collaboration.
  • Facilitated path-to-market strategy through early and ongoing regulatory interaction.

How We Deliver

  • Multi-disciplinary approach to nutrition research.
  • Collaborative linkages with the FDA.
  • Internationally recognized scientists with standard and novel assessment methodologies.  
  • Reduced front-end costs through leveraged grant awards.
  • Industry driven consortiums that address market needs.

Learn how to become a clinical research subject, and about the ongoing human clinical trials conducted by the Center for Nutrition Research.

Key Staff Members and Contact Information

Britt Burton-Freeman, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Nutrition Research, Associate Professor, IIT

Indika Edirisinghe, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Nutrition Research; Associate Professor of Food Science, IIT

Aman Sandhu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, IIT