Symposium on food addiction and obesity set for October 27

Janet Napolitano

UC President Janet Napolitano will deliver the opening remarks at the 2016 SSEW Symposium.

The Sugar, Stress, Environment, and Weight (SSEW) Center, a collaborative group of researchers from UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis, will host its eighth annual symposium on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the UCSF Laurel Heights Conference Center in San Francisco. The one-day event is free for attendees, but registration is required.

"Food & Addiction: Policy, Environment, and Individual Factors" will bring together researchers, health professionals, and influential policy makers from across the University of California system and beyond to explore the intersections of biology, behavior, food, and addiction, and how to prevent food addiction across the lifespan for individuals and communities through academically inspired activism, institutional interventions, and public policy.

Opening remarks will be delivered by UC President Janet Napolitano, who in 2014 together with the system's 10 chancellors launched the Global Food Initiative, which aims to utilize cutting edge UC-driven research to help individuals and communities access safe, affordable, and nutritious food while shaping and driving policy discussions both locally and globally. Additional speakers scheduled to appear include:

The symposium will also feature research poster presentations by SSEW fellows.

For more information about the 2016 SSEW Symposium, visit the event website at or follow the SSEW Center on Twitter or Facebook.

About the SSEW Center

The Sugar, Stress, Environment, and Weight (SSEW) Center is a collaborative group of cross-UC research scientists and California policy makers who aim to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity, included related metabolic diseases and disorders. They focus on the role of social disadvantage, sugar, and stress on diet and obesity, and aim to conduct strategic research to help inform public policies that promote metabolic health. The SSEW Center is sponsored by the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP), and is a part of the UCSF Center for Health and Community, UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment Study and Treatment (COAST), and the UCSF Nutrition & Obesity Research Center (NORC).

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Laurel Heights, the UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.