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Welcome to the Beltsville Human Nutrition
Research Center

The Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC) is the largest of USDA's human nutrition research facilities and the home of the first human nutrition research conducted by USDA, dating back to the late 1890's.  Its current program spans the human nutrition and health continuum, from investigating the role of nutrients and food components at the cellular level, to examining the impact of dietary interventions on health in animal and human research, to conducting mission critical surveys to find out what people are eating while supporting an expanded understanding of what's in food.

The mission of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center is to define, through research, the role of food and its components in optimizing human health and in reducing the risk of nutritionally related disorders in the diverse population.

Scientists at the Center conduct research toward understanding how dietary components interact with genetic, physiological, sociological, and environmental factors and affect the health of the American population so diversified by gender, ethnicity, lifestyle and environment.

Our Laboratories:

Nutrition Monitoring:

Human Nutrient Requirements, Function, &
Chronic Disease:


Research Programs, Products & Services

Watercolor renderring of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center.           Mailing Address:
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Building 307-C, Room 117
Beltsville, Maryland 20705

Phone: 301-504-8157 
FAX: 301-504-9381


Office of the Director:

Dr. Naomi Fukagawa, Director


Home Page: Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center