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GW Seminar: From Biology to Behavior: A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion Surrounding Sugar and Sweetener Consumption

The Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, the GW Food Institute, and the GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility, is hosting a cross-disciplinary seminar series on the topic of sugar and sweeteners. The first seminar in the three-part series will take place on February 22. The second and third seminars in the series will take place on March 22 and April 26.

The series will engage stakeholders across disciplines and will focus on unanswered questions and potential unintended consequences relevant to lowering added sugar intake at the population level. The seminar series is intended to bring together contrasting views in presenting key controversies, and spurring debate amongst experts in the field. All seminars will be open to the public. Registration is free.

Seminar 1: Are proposed policies for reducing sugar intake on a population level viable?


  • Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability, GW;
  • Vince Smith, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Montana State University;
  • Michael Long, Professor, Department of Prevention and Community Health, GW;
  • Richard Black, Quadrant D Consulting


  • Bill Dietz, Chair, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, GW;
  • John Forrer, Director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, GW

Thursday, Feb. 22 | 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Milken Institute School of Public Health, Room B100A

950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20052

For more information on the full series, please visit go.gwu.edu/sugarseries.