Adam Drewnowski

Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Psychology, Rockefeller University, 1977
MA Biochemistry, Oxford University (UK), 1971



University of Washington
Box 353410
Nutritional Sciences
Raitt Hall 305B
Seattle , WA 98195
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Dr. Adam Drewnowski is a world-renowned leader in the study of obesity and social disparities in diets and health. He is Professor of Epidemiology and the Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the School of Public Health. He is also the Director of the University of Washington Center for Obesity Research, which addresses the environmental, social and economic aspects of the obesity epidemic. Dr. Drewnowski is a Joint Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Dr. Drewnowski obtained his MA degree in biochemistry at Balliol College, Oxford, and a Ph.D. degree in psychology at The Rockefeller University in New York. Following post-doctoral training at the University of Toronto, he returned to The Rockefeller University as Assistant Professor. He later moved to the University of Michigan, where he became Professor of Public Health, Psychology and Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Human Nutrition at the School of Public Health. He moved to Seattle in 1998.

Dr. Drewnowski is the inventor of the Nutrient Rich Foods Index, which rates individual foods based on their overall nutritional value, and the Affordable Nutrition Index, which helps consumers identify affordable healthy foods. He has conducted extensive studies on taste function and food preferences, exploring the role of fat, sugar, and salt on food preferences and food cravings. His studies on bitter taste genetics have explored consumer acceptance of bitter phytochemicals in vegetables and fruit. Dr. Drewnowski has been the leader in studies of spatial epidemiology of diets and health, using innovative GIS approaches to study the geographic distribution of food spending, diet quality and obesity rates. Dr. Drewnowski has served on the  Standing Committee to Prevent Childhood Obesity of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and is a public trustee of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), He is the author of over 200 research papers, numerous reviews and book chapters, and a frequent participant and invited speaker at scientific meetings, conferences, and symposia. Dr. Drewnowski has advised government and international agencies, foundations, and think tanks.

Research Interests

Dr. Drewnowski's interests are in characterization of dietary patterns, nutrition economics, spatial distribution of obesity rates, and the development of new metrics to identify foods that are nutrient dense, affordable and sustainable.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Most Plant-Based Milk Alternatives in the USDA Branded Food Products Database Do Not Meet Proposed Nutrient Standards or Score Well on Nutrient Density Metrics.
(2022 Nov 11)
Nutrients 14(22):
Drewnowski A

Monitoring improvements in the nutritional quality of new packaged foods launched between 2016 and 2020.
Front Nutr 9(): 983940
Tassy M, Rytz A, Drewnowski A, Lecat A, Jacquier EF, Charles VR

The association of 1-year weight loss from bariatric surgery and self-reported sleep: a prospective cohort.
(2022 Nov)
Obesity (Silver Spring) 30(11): 2307-2316
Young DR, Hong BD, Lewis KH, Paz SR, Bhakta BB, Macias M, Crawford CL, Drewnowski A, Ji M, Moore DD, Shen E, Murali SB, Coleman KJ

Diversity of protein food sources, protein adequacy and amino acid profiles in Indonesia diets: Socio-Cultural Research in Protein Transition (SCRiPT).
J Nutr Sci 11(): e84
Khusun H, Monsivais P, Anggraini R, Februhartanty J, Mognard E, Alem Y, Noor MI, Karim N, Laporte C, Poulain JP, Drewnowski A

Affordable Nutrient Density in Brazil: Nutrient Profiling in Relation to Food Cost and NOVA Category Assignments.
(2022 Oct 12)
Nutrients 14(20):
Mendoza-Velázquez A, Lara-Arévalo J, Siqueira KB, Guzmán-Rodríguez M, Drewnowski A

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