Holding Government and Industry Accountable: The Role of the Center for Science in the Public Interest

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Date(s) - 13 Mar 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Health Sciences Education Building C104

Holding Government and Industry Accountable: The Role of the Center for Science in the Public Interest

How the Nation’s Food System Can Support Healthy Eating Will Be Discussed in a Free Public Lecture March 13

Speaker Peter Lurie, MD, MPH, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, will detail his organization’s agenda for improving the nation’s food system to support healthy eating. The presentation is part of the Flinn Foundation Donald K. Buffmire Lecture.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is the oldest independent, science-based consumer advocacy organization with an impressive record of accomplishments and an ambitious agenda for improving the food system to support healthy eating. Among its goals are decreasing junk food marketing to children, reducing the consumption of sugary drinks and soda, reducing sodium in processed and restaurant foods, improving food safety and diminishing the incidence of foodborne illness.

When:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019  6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where:  University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Health Sciences Education Building, Lecture Hall C104, 435 N. Fifth St., Phoenix.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Register at  phoenixmed.arizona.edu/minimed.

Dr. Lurie will discuss tactics used by the center to advance important public health issues. His topic, “Holding Government and Industry Accountable in the Development of Food Policy,” is possible through the Flinn Foundation Buffmire Lecture.

The Washington, DC-based center has led recent battles outlawing trans fats and improving food labeling. It publishes the popular Nutrition Action Newsletter, which offers practical advice to consumers interested in nutrition, food safety and health. The organization led the fight for passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, which brought nutrition labels to packaged food. Its advocacy work also spurred restrictions on nitrite and nitrate in cured meats. A current campaign is pressuring companies to stop using food dyes.


About Peter Lurie, MD, MPH

Peter Lurie, MD, MPH, is president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and former Associate Commissioner for Public Health Strategy and Analysis at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Lurie began his career as a family physician after receiving an MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and an MPH from the University of California. Afterwards, he began taking on leadership roles at the FDA, where he focused on leading the agency’s initiatives on antimicrobial resistance, transparency, caffeinated beverages, arsenic in rice, fish consumption by pregnant and nursing women, expanded access to investigational drugs and prescription drug abuse.

About the Flinn Foundation Buffmire Lecture

The Flinn Foundation Buffmire Lecture is a series launched in 1997 for the University of Arizona’s two Colleges of Medicine to feature national experts well-versed in the changing practice of medical care and research. The lectures, now presented each fall and spring on the campuses of UA’s two medical schools, are designed to connect Arizona’s academic, practice and research medical communities.

Irene and Dr. Robert S. Flinn, who created the Flinn Foundation in 1965, often brought to Arizona leading medical innovators from throughout the country to share their expertise with the physician community. The lecture series modeled on that practice is named for the late Dr. Donald K. Buffmire, an internal medicine and cardiology specialist and protégé of Dr. Flinn, who served for more than 30 years on the Flinn Foundation board of directors, including 14 years as chair.

The Flinn Foundation, a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization, works in four areas to fulfill its mission: to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations. The Foundation’s primary focus is advancing Arizona’s bioscience sector.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its inaugural class of first-year medical students in August 2007 and currently has 332 students training to be physicians. The College inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. The College of Medicine – Phoenix is uniquely positioned to accelerate the biomedical and economic engines in Phoenix and the state by leveraging vital relationships with key clinical and community partners. For more, visit phoenixmed.arizona.edu.