Former FSCN department head and CFANS dean Allen Levine has been named the University’s Vice President for Research, effective immediately and continuing through August 31, 2019, pending Board of Regents approval. He had served in an interim capacity since January 2017.
As vice president for research, Levine oversees the University of Minnesota's $900 million research enterprise across all campuses and facilities, including the administration of sponsored projects, research compliance and regulatory offices, and key units dedicated to economic development and technology commercialization.
For the past 35 years Dr. Levine’s research focus 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 in Google Scholar is 82. He has received three 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 American Psychological Association and American Society for Nutrition. Additionally, Levine is president of the Obesity Society, a 2,500-member national organization of health professionals, where he is also a fellow.