LSAllison Sylvetsky Meni
Assistant professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences; director of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health
Consumption of low-calorie artificial sweeteners has jumped by 200 percent among U.S. children, according to recent research by Allison Sylvetsky Meni. During Lunch with a Scientist, join Sylvetsky Meni to discuss her new research and the controversy regarding whether artificial sweeteners are fueling a rise in childhood obesity.
Registration is required (no charge). Limit: 20. This lunch will be held at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Ave, NW. This event is now full.
In addition to her GW faculty role, Allison Sylvetsky Meni is affiliated faculty at the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness and a special volunteer at the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Sylvetsky Meni joined the Milken Institute School of Public Health as a visiting assistant professor in Spring 2014 and transitioned to a tenure-track assistant professor position in February 2016. Prior to joining the GW faculty, Dr. Sylvetsky Meni was a post-doctoral fellow in the diabetes, endocrinology, and obesity branch of NIDDK in the intramural research program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), before which she completed her doctorate in nutrition and health science from Emory University.
Dr. Sylvetsky Meni's research focuses broadly on obesity and diabetes in youth. Her primary research interests are in studying the consumption and health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages and low-calorie (artificial) sweeteners. She also studies the role of early life dietary exposures on future weight and health, as well as the role of the diet in the prevention and management of diabetes in youth.