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Dr. George A. Bray Presented 2019 W.O. Atwater Lecture


The Agriculture Research Service announced that Dr. George A. Bray was the 2019 W.O. Atwater Memorial speaker.  His presentation was made on June 9th at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition.  Dr. Bray is a Visiting Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute and is a Boyd Professor Emeritus at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.  He is also a Professor Emeritus at the LSU Medical Center, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture. 


Dr. Bray is a pioneer in the field of obesity research. His recommendations based on extensive research have been adopted by administrators responsible for public health policy.  One of his accomplishments was leadership in studies to reduce hypertension through diet.  The DASH diet high in fruit, vegetables and low-fat dairy products reduced the blood pressure of individuals participating in a study over an eight-week period.  Dr. Bray is an exponent of life style modification including dieting, moderate exercise and weight loss to delay onset of Type-2 diabetes.


The W. O. Atwater Lecture was established in 1968 to honor the memory of Wilbur Olin Atwater, by recognizing scientists who have made unique contributions to improving the diet and nutrition of people worldwide.