Barbara C. Hansen

Barbara C. Hansen

Dr. Barbara Hansen is the Director of the Obesity, Diabetes and Aging Research Center of the College of Medicine and Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of South Florida Tampa. Her research has addressed the physiological, cellular, and molecular defects underlying the development of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes mellitus and their prevention and treatment in nonhuman primate models, and has emphasized their translation to humans. 

Dr. Hansen was the first President of The Obesity Society and also served as the first President of the International Association for the Study of Obesity.  She has also served as President of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition (ASN).  Dr. Hansen is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (l981-present) (former name: Institute of Medicine) and is immediate past Chair of the NAM Section on Neurobiology, Physiology, and Pharmacology, and past chair of the Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes Group of the NAM. She was a member of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) of the National Research Council (NRC of the NAS). Dr. Hansen has been a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health and a member of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board/Defense Health Board of the DOD.  She has served on multiple review and advisory groups to NIH, including the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences, the NIH Nutrition Study Section, and in 2016, a member of the NHP Transplantation Tolerance Review Committee.  She is a member of the FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolic Disease Drug Advisory Panel.

Her nonhuman primate research laboratory has been continuously supported by NIH for more than 40 years (Obesity Diabetes and Aging in NHPs), and her laboratory has reported two of the world’s oldest rhesus monkeys, ages 40 and 41 respectively.  Additionally, for more than 20 years her laboratory has had support from the pharmaceutical and food industries. 

She has received many honors including the E.V. McCollum Award of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the George Bray Founder’s Award from the Obesity Society, charter member of the National Academy of Inventors, the Medical Book Award from the American Medical Writers Association, and the Rod Rose Award from the Society of Research Administrators. She has been elected a Fellow of multiple professional/scientific societies, including The Obesity Society (FTOS), the American Society for Nutrition (FASN), the American Heart Association (FHA), American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS), and The National Academy of Inventors (FNAI) and was recently elected an Inaugural Fellow of the American Physiological Society (FAPS).  Dr. Hansen has received Outstanding Faculty Awards from the University of South Florida twice in the past 5 years. She has lectured on nonhuman primate research for the AALAS, the Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV), the Gerontology Society of America (GSA), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Physiological Society (APS) and many others, and has consulted for many pharmaceutical and food industry leaders.  She is Board member of the Foundation for Comparative and Conservation Biology (Aging Apes, Orangutans).

Dr. Hansen has a Ph.D. in Physiology and Psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, and was trained in primate research at the Washington National Primate Research Center.