Faculty

Adam Drewnowski

Professor, Epidemiology

206-543-8016
adamdrew@uw.edu

Education

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

Contact

206-543-8016
adamdrew@uw.edu

University of Washington
Box 353410
Nutritional Sciences
Raitt Hall 305B
Seattle , WA 98195
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Bio

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)

The New Hybrid Nutrient Density Score NRFh 4:3:3 Tested in Relation to Affordable Nutrient Density and Healthy Eating Index 2015: Analyses of NHANES Data 2013-16.
(2021 May 20)
Nutrients 13(5):
Drewnowski A, Smith J, Fulgoni VL 3rd

Does the built environment have independent obesogenic power? Urban form and trajectories of weight gain.
(2021 May 11)
Int J Obes (Lond)
Buszkiewicz JH, Bobb JF, Hurvitz PM, Arterburn D, Moudon AV, Cook A, Mooney SJ, Cruz M, Gupta S, Lozano P, Rosenberg DE, Theis MK, Anau J, Drewnowski A

Perspective: How to Develop Nutrient Profiling Models Intended for Global Use: A Manual.
(2021 Jun 1)
Adv Nutr 12(3): 609-620
Drewnowski A, Amanquah D, Gavin-Smith B

Key Considerations for Policymakers-Iodized Salt as a Vehicle for Iron Fortification: Current Evidence, Challenges, and Knowledge Gaps.
(2021 Feb 15)
J Nutr 151(Supplement_1): 64S-73S
Drewnowski A, Garrett GS, Kansagra R, Khan N, Kupka R, Kurpad AV, Mannar V, Martorell R, Zimmermann MB, Double Fortified Salt Consultation (DFS) Steering Group .

Inedible Food Waste Linked to Diet Quality and Food Spending in the Seattle Obesity Study SOS III.
(2021 Jan 31)
Nutrients 13(2):
Gupta S, Rose CM, Buszkiewicz J, Otten J, Spiker ML, Drewnowski A

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