ECO2018 Speaker Spotlight: Professor Barry Popkin

ECO2018 Speaker Spotlight: Professor Barry Popkin

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Barry M, Popkin will join us at ECO2018.

Dr Popkin, PhD, (economics), established the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology at The University of North Carolina, USA (UNC.)  He has developed the concept of the Nutrition Transition, the study of the dynamic shifts in our environment and the way they affect dietary intake and physical activity patterns and trends and obesity and other nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases.

His research program focuses globally (both the US and low and middle income countries on understanding the shifts in stages of the transition and programs and policies to improve the population health linked with this transition (see  He has played a central role in placing the concerns of global obesity, its determinants and consequences on the global stage and is now actively involved in work on the program and policy design and evaluation side at the US and global levels, including collaborative SSB/junk food tax evaluation research in Mexico (with the National Institute of Public Health), similar work with the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile in evaluating an SSB tax and marketing/FOP controls, the South African SSB tax, and others (see

In addition, he is currently working with 8 other countries in developing tax and regulatory policies to create healthier diets and prevent obesity and other nutrition-related NCD’s He has received a dozen major awards for his global contributions, including the 2016 World Obesity Society Population Science & Public Health Award – for top global researcher in public health with significant service contributions, and The Obesity Society Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award.

Join Dr Popkin for the Plenary Session Large-scale regulatory changes focused on obesity prevention: Current state of knowledge on Friday 25 May 2018 at the congress. See you in Vienna.