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)

Neighborhood built and food environment in relation to glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes in the moving to health study.
(2024 Feb 23)
Health Place 86(): 103216
Rosenberg DE, Cruz MF, Mooney SJ, Bobb JF, Drewnowski A, Moudon AV, Cook AJ, Hurvitz PM, Lozano P, Anau J, Theis MK, Arterburn DE

Investigating the effects of rurality on stress, subjective well-being, and weight-related outcomes.
(2023 Dec)
Wellbeing Space Soc 5():
Gold JM, Drewnowski A, Andersen MR, Rose C, Buszkiewicz J, Mou J, Ko LK

A Short Dietary Assessment Instrument to Evaluate Protein Quality and the Diversity of Protein Sources in Malaysian Diets.
(2024 Jan)
Asia Pac J Public Health 36(1): 36-42
Drewnowski A, Monsivais P, Mognard E, Ismail Noor M, Karim N, Laporte C, Alem Y, Poulain JP

Visualizing Data Interoperability for Food Systems Sustainability Research-From Spider Webs to Neural Networks.
(2023 Nov)
Curr Dev Nutr 7(11): 102006
Jennings-Dobbs EM, Forester SM, Drewnowski A

A three-component Breakfast Quality Score (BQS) to evaluate the nutrient density of breakfast meals.
Front Nutr 10(): 1213065
Poinsot R, Maillot M, Masset G, Drewnowski A

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