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The application of establishing the Key laboratory of Nutrition and Metabolism in Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was approved by the President Office Meeting of Chinese Academy of Sciences in October 2008 after the site visit of experts from inside and outside of CAS. The major aim of the Key Laboratory is to promote health and prevent nutrition related metabolic disease in Chinese people. By utilizing molecular, cellular and animal experimental systems as well as human clinical and population studies, the Key laboratory will implement multidisciplinary and integrated research projects (1) to elucidate effects and mechanisms of diet/lifestyle and genetic risks factors on pathogenesis of the nutrition related metabolic diseases;; (2) to determine optimal nutritional requirements which suit specifically the generic and metabolic characteristics of Chinese; (3) to discover novel biomarkers and relevant cut-off points for early diagnosis; (4) to develop effective nutrition intervention methods in controlling nutrition-related diseases and (5) to generate scientific evidence needed for making nutrition policies by government policy makers. Moreover, establishing the Key laboratory will provide a platform for world-class research collaborations, graduate training, multidisciplinary and translational researches and eventually promote overall nutrition research level in China. 


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