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Allen Levine was appointed interim vice president for research of the University of Minnesota beginning January 1, 2017. In this position he oversees the University’s $900 million research enterprise across all its campuses and facilities, including the administration of sponsored projects, research compliance and regulatory offices, and units dedicated to economic development and technology commercialization.
Dr. Levine previously served as vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, department head of Food Science and Nutrition and associate director of research and senior career scientist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.
Dr. Levine is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition and holds an adjunct appointment in the Psychiatry department. In addition, he is a member of the Food Science and Nutrition Graduate Programs.
Dr. Levine’s research focus for the past 35 years has been on the neural regulation of food intake. He and his colleagues have published extensively on the brain circuitry involved in the rewarding properties of foods.
He has published over 300 scientific papers and over 100 review articles, editorials and book reviews and his current career h-index in Google Scholar is 82. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Nutrition and the American Psychological Association. He is president of the Obesity Society, a 2,500-member national organization of health professionals, where he is also a fellow.
He has received several awards for his research efforts, including the Mead Johnson Award from the American Institute of Nutrition and the Grace A. Goldsmith Award from the American College of Nutrition.