Professor Adam Drewnowski is the Fall 2008 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer

Thursday, November 6, 2008

On November 19, 2008, Professor Adam Drewnowski will give the Fall 2008 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Food, Incomes, and Health.

The lecture will be presented at 4:00 PM in Room T639 in the Health Sciences Building. The Director of the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, Drewnowski is also Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition and the UW Center for Obesity Research, and a Joint Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Dr. Drewnowski is a world-renowned leader in innovative research approaches for the prevention and treatment of obesity. His 2007 research provided two startling conclusions:

  1. There is a strong correlation between housing prices in a given zip code and obesity rates: for every $100,000 increase in the median price of homes, obesity rates dropped by 2 percent.
  2. Junk food, packed with calories and low in nutrients, is far less expensive than healthy food like fruit and vegetables. And worse, during the 2-year study period the price of healthy food increased almost 20%, while junk food prices went down by 1.8%.

Dr. Drewnowski obtained his MA degree in biochemistry from Oxford University in the UK and his PhD in psychology from The Rockefeller University in New York. The author of more than 100 research papers along with numerous reviews and book chapters, he is a frequently invited speaker at scientific meetings, conferences, and symposiums.