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)

Baseline Psychosocial, Environmental, Health, and Behavioral Correlates of 1- and 3-Year Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery.
(2023 Oct)
Obes Surg 33(10): 3198-3205
Ji M, Negriff SL, Slezak JM, Taylor BL, Paz SR, Bhakta BB, Macias M, Arterburn DE, Crawford CL, Drewnowski A, Lewis KH, Moore DD, Murali SB, Young DR, Coleman KJ

Greater adherence to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is associated with lower diet-related greenhouse gas emissions but higher costs.
Front Nutr 10(): 1220016
Conrad Z, Drewnowski A, Love DC

Toward healthy and sustainable diets for the 21st century: Importance of sociocultural and economic considerations.
(2023 Jun 27)
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 120(26): e2219272120
Biesbroek S, Kok FJ, Tufford AR, Bloem MW, Darmon N, Drewnowski A, Fan S, Fanzo J, Gordon LJ, Hu FB, Lähteenmäki L, Nnam N, Ridoutt BG, Rivera J, Swinburn B, Veer PV

Assessing the Quality of Simulated Food Patterns with Reduced Animal Protein Using Meal Data from NHANES 2017-2018.
(2023 May 31)
Nutrients 15(11):
Vasiloglou MF, Elortegui Pascual P, Scuccimarra EA, Plestina R, Mainardi F, Mak TN, Ronga F, Drewnowski A

The Nutrient Rich Food Price Index: a nutrition-relevant adaptation of the Laspeyres price index to track the cost of affordable nutrient density.
Front Nutr 10(): 1107573
Mendoza-Velázquez A, Guzmán-Rodríguez M, Lara-Arévalo J, Drewnowski A

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