Speaker: Barry M. Popkin, PhD

Presentation Title: “Creating a Healthier Global Diet and Preventing Global Obesity: Our Global Food Research Programs’ Role and Impact”

Dr. Barry Popkin (Photo by Linda Kastleman)

Dr. Barry Popkin

Barry M. Popkin, PhD, is the W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).  He has a PhD in agricultural economics and established the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology at UNC and later established and ran the UNC Interdisciplinary Obesity Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  He has developed the concept of the Nutrition Transition, the study of the dynamic shifts in dietary intake and physical activity patterns and trends and obesity and other nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases. His research program focuses globally on understanding the shifts in stages of the transition and programs and policies to improve the population health linked with this transition (see www.nutrans.org).

Read more about Dr. Popkin including his current and past projects.

Dr. Popkin has made his slides available for you to view: Barry Popkin, PhD Presentation.

Additionally, the full recording of the Foard Lecture event can be viewed HERE.

Photos from the evening can be viewed HERE.

Alumni Association Awards

The Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award and the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award were presented at the Foard Lecture.

Congratulations to Suzanne Maman, PhD – recipient of the 2017 Greenberg Alumni Award.

Congratulations to Sally Herndon, MPH – recipient of the 2017 Barr Alumni Award.

Alice Ammerman awarded with Mildred Kaufman Distinguished Professorship in Nutrition. Also pictured are Barry Popkin, PhD and Beth Mayer-Davis, PhD.

Pictured (L-R): Beth Mayer-Davis, PhD, Alice Ammerman, DrPH and Barry Popkin, PhD.

Kaufman Award

We were honored to award the first ever Mildred Kaufman Distinguished Professorship in Nutrition to Alice Ammerman.

Student Research Poster Display

The Spotlight on Student Research Poster Event showcases original research by students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.  The 2017 research posters were displayed after the Foard Lecture.

Additional information can be found here.

About Fred T. Foard Jr., MD (1889-1966)

The Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture was established in 1969 by Elsie D. Foard, to honor her late husband whose work in public health spanned more than a half-century, much of it with the U.S. Public Health Service.

Hallmarks of Dr. Foard’s tenure included the development and strengthening of organized public health services in Alaska, Hawaii and the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Coast regions. His efforts spurred major improvements in health services for Native Americans and the transfer of the Indian Health Program from the U.S. Department of the Interior to the U.S. Public Health Service.

After retiring from the Public Health Service in 1952, Dr. Foard served until 1964 as director of the Division of Epidemiology for the N.C. Board of Health. Dr. Foard received an honorary degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1962.

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