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A CBS TELEVISION 60 MINUTES news crew spent three days at the CTSC’s Clinical Research Center (CCRC) in October gathering information about the sugar consumption studies that nutritional biologist Kimber Stanhope and colleagues have been conducting.

CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, is a neurosurgeon who periodically serves as a 60 Minutes guest correspondent for medical science stories. Stanhope said the 60 Minutes crew shot more than 20 hours of video.

Kimber Stanhope, Ph.D., M.S.,
and CBS 60 Minutes correspondent
Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

“They filmed the subjects through almost every experimental procedure, including biopsies. They filmed the staff preparing meals and sugar-sweetened beverages, and interviewed me and the subjects. They also made some comparative graphics showing the large amount of fruit that contained the same amount of sugar that our subjects consumed in their sugar-sweetened beverages,” Stanhope said.

CCRC Associate Director Nicole Mullen helped coordinate approvals and accommodations for the 60 Minutes crew to observe and interview the research subjects. She worked with public information representatives at the UC Davis campus, UC Davis Health System and Veterans Affairs.

“I helped bring the right people to the table to make sure we had all the necessary approvals in place, said Mullen. “I checked in with the Compliance Office, with Public Affairs, and the Institutional Review Board at UC Davis to make sure that inviting participants to be a part of this media coverage was acceptable. This was necessary because it had not been anticipated as a part of the protocol,” she explained. She and her team made certain that all research subjects were willing to be part of the news coverage. “As it turned out, all of them were very enthusiastic.”

Link to 60 Minutes broadcast;storyMediaBox

Link to additional portion of Stanhope interview