You are here

Past NORC Member: Andrew W Brown, Ph.D.

Scientist II
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Nutrition and Obesity Research Center &
Office of Energetics
WEBB 508
Phone: (205) 975-9131
Fax: (205) 975-7560
Full CV
Current Location

Andrew W. Brown, PhD, is a scientist with the Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Formally trained in nutrition, biochemistry, and statistics, he brings practical, basic science experience to evaluating how nutrition research is conducted and communicated. His recent work involves investigating myths and presumptions in nutrition and obesity literature, meta- analyzing studies about nutritional influences on obesity, characterizing reporting practices that may perpetuate nutrition misinformation, and crowdsourcing the synthesis of published research.


  1. Analysis of the time and workers needed to conduct systematic reviews of medical interventions using data from the PROSPERO registry. Borah R, Brown AW, Capers PL, Kaiser KA. BMJ Open. 2017 Feb 27;7(2):e012545. [Original Research; PMC5337708]
  2. Common Scientific and Statistical Errors in Obesity Research. George BJ, Beasley M, Brown AW, Dawson JA, Rositsa D, Divers J, Goldsby T, Heo M, Kaiser KA, Keith S, Kim MY, Li P, Mehta T, Oakes JM, Skinner A, Stuart E, Allison DB. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2016 Apr;24(4):781-90 [Invited Narrative Review; PMC4817356
  3. Reproducibility: A tragedy of errors. Allison DB, Brown AW, George BJ, Kaiser KA. Nature. 2016 Feb 4;530(7588):27-9. [Invited Commentary; PMC4831566]
  4. High Intensity Interval- vs Moderate Intensity- Training for Improving Cardiometabolic Health in Overweight or Obese Males: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Fisher G, Brown AW, Bohan Brown MM, Alcorn A, Noles C, Winwood L, Resuehr H, George B, Jeansonne MM, Allison DB. PLoS One. 2015 Oct 21;10(10):e0138853. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138853. eCollection 2015. [Original Research; PMC4619258]
  5. Taurine and vitamin E supplementation have minimal effects on body composition, hepatic lipids, and blood hormone and metabolite concentrations in healthy Sprague Dawley rats. Allen PS, Brown AW, Bohan Brown MM, Hsu WH, Beitz DC. Nutrition and Dietary Supplements [Original Research; PMC4706234]
  6. The importance of prediction model validation and assessment in obesity and nutrition research. Ivanescu AE, Li P, George B, Brown AW, Keith SW, Raju D, Allison DB. Int J Obes (Lond). 2015 Oct 9 [Invited Narrative Review; PMC4826636]
  7. Best (but often forgotten) practices: designing, analyzing, and reporting cluster randomized controlled trials. Brown AW, Li P, Bohan Brown MM, Kaiser KA, Keith SW, Oakes JM, Allison DB. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 May 27 [Invited Narrative Review; PMC4515862]
  8. Double sampling with multiple imputation to answer large sample meta-research questions: Introduction and illustration by evaluating adherence to two simple CONSORT guidelines. Capers PL, Brown AW, Dawson JA, Allison DB.. Front Nutr. 2015 Mar 9;2:6 [Original Research; PMC4428480]
  9. Energy Balance Measurement: When Something is NOT Better than Nothing. Dhurandhar NV, Schoeller D, Brown AW, Heymsfield SB, Thomas D, Sorensen TIA, Speakman JR, Jeansonne M, Allison DB. Int J Obes (Lond). 2014 Nov 13. [Critical Review; PMC4430460]
  10. Unscientific Beliefs about Scientific Topics in Nutrition. Brown AW, Ioannidis JPA, Cope MB, Bier DM, Allison DB. Adv Nutr September 2014 5(5): 563-565; doi:10.3945/an.114.006577 [Invited Proceedings; PMC4188234]
  11. Using crowdsourcing to evaluate published scientific literature: methods and example. Brown AW, Allison DB. PLoS One. 2014 Jul 2;9(7):e100647 [Original Research; PMC4079692]
  12. Increased fruit and vegetable intake has no discernible effect on weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Kaiser KA, Brown AW, Bohan Brown MM, Shikany JM, Mattes RD, Allison DB. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jun 25;100(2):567-576 [Systematic Review; PMC4095660]
  13. Weighing the Evidence of Common Beliefs in Obesity Research. Casazza K, Brown AW, Astrup A, Bertz F, Baum C, Bohan Brown M, Dawson J, Durant N, Dutton G, Fields DA, Fontaine KR, Levitsky D, Mehta T, Menachemi N, Newby P, Pate R, Raynor H, Rolls BJ, Sen B, Smith DL Jr, Thomas D, Wansink B, Allison DB. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2014 Jun 20:0 [Critical Review; PMC4272668]
  14. Belief beyond the evidence: using the proposed effect of breakfast on obesity to show 2 practices that distort scientific evidence. Brown AW, Bohan Brown MM, Allison DB. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Nov;98(5):1298-308. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.064410 [Original Research; PMC3798081]
  15. Unintended consequences of obesity-targeted health policy. Brown AW, Allison DB. Virtual Mentor. 2013 Apr 1;15(4):339-46. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2013.15.4.pfor2-1304 [Invited Critical Review; NIHPA N/A]
  16. Myths, presumptions, and facts about obesity. Casazza K, Fontaine KR, Astrup A, Birch LL, Brown AW, Bohan Brown MM, Durant N, Dutton G, Foster EM, Heymsfield SB, McIver K, Mehta T, Menachemi N, Newby PK, Pate R, Rolls BJ, Sen B, Smith DL Jr, Thomas DM, Allison DB. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jan 31;368(5):446-54. doi: 10.1056/NEJMsa1208051 [Critical Review; PMC3606061]
  17. Diet-induced alterations of host cholesterol metabolism are likely to affect the gut microbiota composition in hamsters. Martinez I, Perdicaro DJ, Brown AW, Hammons S, Carden TJ, Carr TP, Eskridge KM, Walter J. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013 Jan;79(2):516-24. doi: 10.1128/AEM.03046-12. Epub 2012 Nov 2 [Original Research; PMC3553751]
  18. Short-term consumption of sucralose, a nonnutritive sweetener, is similar to water with regard to select markers of hunger signaling and short-term glucose homeostasis in women. Brown AW, Bohan Brown MM, Onken KL, Beitz DC. Nutr Res. 2011 Dec;31(12):882-8. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2011.10.004 [Original Research; NIHPA N/A]
  19. Diets high in conjugated linoleic acid from pasture-fed cattle did not alter markers of health in young women. Brown AW, Trenkle AH, Beitz DC. Nutr Res. 2011 Jan;31(1):33-41. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2010.12.003 [Original Research; NIHPA N/A]
  20. Phytosterol ester constituents affect micellar cholesterol solubility in model bile. Brown AW, Hang J, Dussault PH, Carr TP. Lipids. 2010 Sep;45(9):855-62. doi: 10.1007/s11745-010-3456-6 [Original Research; NIHPA N/A]
  21. Plant sterol and stanol substrate specificity of pancreatic cholesterol esterase. Brown AW, Hang J, Dussault PH, Carr TP. J Nutr Biochem. 2010 Aug;21(8):736-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2009.04.008. Epub 2009 Jul 16 [Original Research; NIHPA N/A]
  22. Cholesterol-lowering phytosterols: factors affecting their use and efficacy. Carr TP, Ash MM, Brown AW. Nutrition and Dietary Supplements. 2010 July ; 2010(2):59-72 [Invited Narrative Review; NIHPA N/A]
  23. Endocannabinoids, metabolic regulation, and the role of diet. Carr TP, Jesch ED, Brown AW. Nutr Res. 2008 Oct;28(10):641-50. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2008.08.003 [Invited Narrative Review; NIHPA N/A]

Years: 2011 - 2014
Mentor(s): David B. Allison, Ph.D. (2012 - 2014)

In June, 2014 completed his training with us and moved on to a position as Research Scientist in the UAB Office of Energetics. He can be contacted at