U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIH Division of Research Nutirition Coordination

Van S. Hubbard, M.D., Ph.D.
Van S. Hubbard, M.D., Ph.D.

About the Office

The Division of Nutrition Research Coordination (DNRC) advises the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and others on nutrition research issues and works with the NIH organizational components to coordinate nutrition research and research training initiatives.

The DNRC also represents the NIH and provides liaison at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and interagency level on various committees on nutrition research and policy issues such as the Interagency Committee on Human Nutrition Research and Nutrition Policy Board.

Located within the DNRC is the NIH Nutrition Coordinating Committee (NCC) which operates as an NIH-wide forum to review, stimulate, and encourage the support of nutrition research and training to better define the role of nutrition in the promotion and maintenance of health and in the prevention and treatment of disease. The NCC also plays a key role in the development of nutrition research policy at the NIH.


Further, the DNRC maintains the Human Nutrition Research Information Management (HNRIM) system. HNRIM is a searchable database of nutrition research and research training activities supported by the Federal Government. Data for the system is prepared and submitted by participating agencies and is updated annually.​

For a description of NIH nutrition research, view the
2011 & 2012 NIH Nutrition Research Report. NIH-sponsored and cosponsored nutrition events are listed on the DNRC Nutrition Calendar.

Mailing address

2 Democracy Plaza

U.S. Postal Address
6707 Democracy Blvd., Rm. ​​679, MSC 5461
Bethesda, MD 20892-5450

UPS, Fedex, etc.
6707 Democracy Blvd., Rm. 679,
Bethesda, MD 20817

​Staff Contact​ ​Research Area (brief description)
Van S. Hubbard, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, DNRC
​Basic and clinical nutritional sciences research; Nutritional modulation of disease and inflammation; fatty acid metabolism; Obesity; nutritio​n/ physical activity interactions.
Rachel Fisher, M.S., M.P.H., R.D.
Nutritionist, DNRC ​
​Dietary Guidance Communication; Public Health Nutrition; Food Policy; Worksite Wellness
Sheila Fleischhacker, Ph.D., J.D.
Senior Public Health & Science Policy Advisor
​Public Health Nutrition Research; Environmental and policy strategies to promote health and reduce health disparities
Jim Krebs-Smith, M.P.H.
HNRIM Coordinator ​
​Federally-funded Nutrition Research Tracking and Portfolio Analysis
Crystal McDade-Ngutter, Ph.D.
Health Program Specialist ​
Probiotics and Prebiotics; Nutrition-related Microbiome; Food Safety​
Margaret McDowell, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Nutrition Education Coordinator/Nutritionist ​
Public Health Nutrition Research; Dietary Guidance Communication; Dietary Survey Methodology​
Karen Regan, M.S., R.D.​
​Federally-funded Nutrition/Dietary Supplement Research and Portfolio Analysis; Dietary Reference Intakes

Strategic Plans and Reports

Report Name​ ​​Description
NIH Nutrition Research Report 2011-2012 ​Report describing nutrition research funded, or conducted by, by NIH ICs
Financial Report, FY 2011-2012: NIH Program in Biomedical and Behavioral Nutrition Research and Training​​ ​Report describing NIH nutrition research funding by IC and area. Contains updated financial information which was not available when the research report went to press