The 25th Annual J. Warren Perry speaker was Barry M. Popkin, PhD. Popkin is the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Barry has a PhD in economics and established the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology at UNC. 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. His research is primarily funded by a large number of NIH R01’s involving long-term research on the economic and physical environment with the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study and the UNC Food Research Program, which is evaluating the impact of global food company changes in product formulation as it impacts the diets of Americans. His international research is equally large-scale. Popkin directs longitudinal surveys in China and Russia and is also involved in survey research in other countries, including Brazil, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, India, Norway and the Philippines. He is actively involved at the national and global level in policy formulation for many countries, particularly Mexico and China. He has published over 390 refereed journal articles, is one of the most cited nutrition scholars in the world and is the author of a book entitled the WORLD IS FAT (January 2010, Avery-Penguin Publishers), translated into 9 languages.