Allen S. Levine
Professor and Liaison for Special Initiatives (Provost's office) University of Minnesota
Allen Levine is a Professor of Food Science and Nutrition and Liaison for Special Initiatives in the Provost’s Office at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his current position he was Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and Head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. He was the Associate Director of Research and a Senior Career Scientist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for 26 years. He also founded the NIDDK-funded Minnesota Obesity Center and was its director for 20 years (1995-2015).
Dr. Levine’s research focus for the past 35 years has been on the neural regulation of food intake, particularly related to the opioid peptides, oxytocin and Neuropeptide Y. He and his colleagues have published extensively on the brain circuitry involved in the rewarding properties of foods. He has published 300 scientific papers and over 100 review articles, editorials and book reviews. His current career H index is 81 (google scholar). He has received four major awards for his research efforts: one from the American Institute of Nutrition (Mead Johnson Award) one from the American College of Nutrition (Grace A. Goldsmith Award) and one from American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow). He is also a fellow in the Obesity Society, the American Psychological Association and the American Society for Nutrition.