Allen S. Levine, PhD, FTOS

levine hi-resAllen S. Levine, PhD, FTOS, has been a continuous member of the Obesity Society since its founding and currently serves on the Development Committee and previously chaired the Ethics Committee. He has been an invited speaker, abstract reviewer, and with his collaborators and graduate students has presented numerous papers at the annual meeting.


Dr. Levine received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1977 (major: nutrition/minor: food science). He completed an NIH post doctoral fellowship in 1978 (gastroenterology), joined the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in 1979 and was appointed faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1981.   He was Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for 16 years. In 2004 he was appointed department head of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota and in 2006 was named Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. In the fall of 2013 he will return to faculty at the University of Minnesota. For the past 18 years he has served as director of the Minnesota Obesity Center, a P30 NIDDK Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC).


Dr. Levine’s research focuses on neural regulation of food intake. He has published widely (300 research publications and over 100 review articles) on the influence of opioids, neuropeptide Y, melanocortins, and oxytocin on ingestive behavior, particularly related to the rewarding properties of food. He reviews for a large number of journals and has reviewed NIH, NSF and USDA grants. He has served on several editorial boards, is a Fellow of the Obesity Society, the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been continuously funded by competitive federal funds since his post-doctoral fellowship. Dr. Levine received awards from the American Institute of Nutrition (Mead Johnson Award) and the American College of Nutrition (Grace A. Goldsmith Award). Dr. Levine is a past president of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior.





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