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  • Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, MAS

    Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

    Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, MAS, is a cardiovascular epidemiologist with expertise in the development of cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and diabetes risk in young adults. She holds the Lee Goldman, MD, Endowed Chair in Medicine and is a professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF.

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  • Elissa S. Epel, PhD

    Professor
    UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

    Elissa S. Epel, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. She is also a faculty member in the Health Psychology Postdoctoral Program, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program. She is one of the founders and Director of COAST.

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  • Cristin E. Kearns, DDS, MBA

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    UCSF School of Medicine

    Cristin E. Kearns, DDS, MBA, is a postdoctoral fellow in the UCSF School of Medicine. She has worked as a dental director for clinics serving low-income populations in Denver and as a manager of dental operations at the Kaiser Permanente Dental Care Program.

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  • Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL

    Professor of Pediatrics
    UCSF Division of Endocrinology

    Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL, is a professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at UCSF and director of the UCSF Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with basic and clinical training relative to hypothalamic development, anatomy and function.

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  • Dieter J. Meyerhoff, PhD

    Professor in Residence
    UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

    Dieter J. Meyerhoff, PhD, is a professor in residence in the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, and at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is also co-director of the Treatment Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF.

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  • Anisha Patel, MD

    Assistant Professor
    UCSF Division of General Pediatrics

    Anisha Patel, MD, is an assistant professor in the UCSF Division of General Pediatrics and provides primary and acute care to pediatric patients at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. Her research interests include developing and evaluating interventions and policies to prevent childhood obesity.

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  • Dean Schillinger, MD

    Professor
    UCSF School of Medicine

    Dean Schillinger, MD, is professor of medicine in residence at UCSF and Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH). He is a practicing primary care physician at SFGH, an urban public hospital, where he sees patients, teaches in the primary care residency program, and conducts research.

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  • Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH

    Professor
    UCSF School of Medicine

    Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH, is a professor in the UCSF School of Medicine. She has dedicated her career to intervening on the social determinants of health and to understanding how lifestyle risk factors, such as alcohol and poor diet, influence chronic disease and health inequality.

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  • Kimber Stanhope, PhD, RD

    Associate Research Nutritional Biologist
    UC Davis Department of Molecular Biosciences

    Kimber Stanhope, PhD, RD, is an associate research nutritional biologist in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at UC Davis. Her work focuses on investigating the effects of sugar consumption on the development of metabolic disease, utilizing well-controlled diet intervention studies in human subjects.

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  • Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Emory University School of Medicine and a physician on staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in children, as well as treatments for fatty liver disease and obesity.

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  • Evans M. Whitaker, MD, MLIS

    Library Scientist
    UCSF Medical Library

    Evans M. Whitaker, MD, MLIS, is a UCSF expert in comprehensive literature searching and organization of information on medical issues, in database search techniques and evidence-based medicine.

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  • Mary C. Wiley, PsyD

    Intern
    UCSF School of Medicine

    Mary C. Wiley, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the Bay Area for nearly 20 years. She works primarily with addiction and mood disorders utilizing evidence-based approaches (cognitive -behavioral approach and mindfulness) therapies.

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  • Kristine Yaffe, MD

    Professor
    UCSF Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology

    Kristine Yaffe, MD, is a professor in the UCSF Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology, and associate chair of research for the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. She is also chief of Geriatric Psychiatry and director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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SugarScience Facts

Today, 31% of American adults and 13% of kids suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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Too much fructose in added sugar can damage your liver just like too much alcohol.

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Growing scientific evidence shows that too much added sugar, over time, is linked to diabetes, heart disease and liver disease.

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