Prof Robert H. Lustig is Professor of Paediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco.
Prof Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist whose clinical research has focused on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. He is currently investigating the contribution of biochemical, neural, hormonal, and genetic influences in the expression of the current obesity epidemic both in children and adults. He is one of the leaders of the global “anti-sugar” movement to improve global health.
Prof Lustig graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976, and received his MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He completed his paediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his clinical fellowship at UCSF in 1984. From there, he spent six years as a research associate in neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University. In 2013 he received his Masters in Studies of Law from UC Hastings.
He is the author of many academic works, and of the popular book Fat Chance: the bitter truth about sugar, The Fat Chance Cookbook, and the soon-to-be released The Agony of Ecstasy. Prof Lustig is also President of the non-profit Institute for Responsible Nutrition, which is devoted to improving the global food supply.