MEDIA ADVISORY: UCSF Holds Free Symposium on Food and Addiction

By Elizabeth Fernandez

UC San Francisco will host a free symposium Oct. 27 titled, “Food & Addiction: Policy, Environment and Individual Factors.”

The event, which marks the 10th annual gathering of the Sugar, Stress, Environment and Weight Symposium, brings together leading medical professionals, researchers and policy makers across the University of California to present the latest science on food and addiction.

Topics include childhood obesity, individual biology and behavior, preventing food addiction in children and vulnerable populations, school-based interventions, public policy efforts to prevent food addiction, and “Food Addiction: How did we get here and where are we going?”

Media are welcome to attend – please RSVP in advance. The event is sold out to the public.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016.

Where: UCSF Laurel Heights campus, 3333 California St., San Francisco

            Laurel Heights Auditorium (S24, Basement level)

Who: Opening remarks will be delivered by UC President Janet Napolitano, who launched the Global Food Initiative in 2014 along with the 10 chancellors of the UC campuses. The initiative aims to utilize cutting edge UC research to help individuals and communities access safe, affordable and nutritious food, while shaping policy discussions locally and globally. Additional speakers include David Kessler, MD; Dean Schillinger, MD; Robert Lustig, MD; and Anisha Patel, MD, of UCSF; Lorrene Ritchie, PhD, RD, and Patricia Crawford DrPH, RD, of UC Berkeley; Ashley Gearhardt, PhD, of University of Michigan; Keri Boutelle, PhD, of UC San Diego; and Mark Gold, MD, and Michael Roberts, JD, of UCLA. The event is sponsored by the UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST).

Media interested in attending should contact Samantha Schilf at (415) 502-1254 on the day of the event.

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.