Rescuing Nutrition Science’s Reputation from the Bin of Condemnation to that Worthy of Constructive Criticism: Toward Greater Rigor and Warrant in Nutrition and Obesity


Portrait of David Allison, Ph.D.David B. Allison, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Provost Professor
Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health
Bloomington, IN

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Dr. David B. Allison is Dean, Distinguished Professor, and Provost Professor at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health. Previously, he was Distinguished Professor, Quetelet Endowed Professor, and Director of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been continuously funded by the NIH as a principal investigator for over 25 years and has authored over 600 scientific publications.

Dr. Allison’s research work has ranged from laboratory model organism research to human clinical trials and epidemiology. He has received many awards, including the 2018 Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award from the American Statistical Association, the 2002 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, the 2002 Andre Mayer Award from the International Association for the Study of Obesity, the 2009 TOPS research achievement award from The Obesity Society, and the National Science Foundation Administered 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). In 2020, Dr. Allison was awarded the Pfizer Award from the American Society of Nutrition, the Don Owen Award from the American Statistical Association's San Antonio Chapter for excellence in research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community. In 2012, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the United States National Academies. Dr. Allison is known as a staunch advocate for rigor in research methods and the uncompromising unvarnished truthful communication of research findings.

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