Symposium on ‘Nutrition for the Ageing Brain: Moving Towards Clinical Applications’

Madrid, Spain
30/08/2018 – 31/08/2018


Decline on cognitive abilities with age occurs in healthy individuals and spreads through adult lifespan. The mechanisms contributing to normal ageing, including oxidative stress, neuroinflammation and vascular dysfunction are the same as those contributing to the development of neurological diseases. In pathological conditions these mechanisms become exacerbated, triggered by different factors which might be genetic or environmental. Despite a wealth of data on how nutrients and diets may support cognitive functions and preserve brain health, the therapeutic and pharmacological potential of these natural compounds still remains to be fully translated in humans and in clinical conditions.

The symposium will take place on 30-31 August 2018 in Madrid, Spain.
The purpose is to convene experts to discuss and debate the potential for maintaining cognitive function through dietary intake. This symposium will specifically focus on clinical aspects and novel strategies developed to determine whether diet and nutrients have efficacy in individuals affected by dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Main themes to be addressed:
• Impact of nutrition on brain functions using neuroimaging technologies;
• Microbiome and immune status: impact on brain function;
• (Bio)markers of food intake and cognitive health;
• Sleep deprivation: effects on diet and cognitive performance;
• New methodologies applied to dementia and how nutrition could play a role.

Organising Committee

• Dr David Vauzour – Chair, University of East Anglia (UK)
• Dr Jonathan Farrimond – Vice-Chair, Lucozade Ribena Suntory (UK)
• Prof. Vittorio Calabrese, University of Catania (IT)
• Prof. Louise Dye, University of Leeds (UK)
• Dr Lucie Geurts, ILSI Europe (BE)
• Dr Hasan Mohajeri, DSM (CH)
• Dr John Sijben, Danone (NL)
• Prof. Jeremy Spencer, University of Reading (NL)
• Dr Sandrine Thuret, King’s College London (UK)
• Prof. Wim Vanden Berghe, University of Antwerp (BE)


The flyer including the programme is available here.

Day 1 – Thursday 30th August 2018
Session 1: Biomarkers of food intake and cognitive health
Nutrient biomarkers and brain ageing outcomes in epidemiological studies
Cecilia Samieri, INSERM Bordeaux (FR)
Biomarkers of food intake
Gunther Kuhnle, University of Reading (UK)
Modifying biomarkers as a way of preserving cognitive health – Homocysteine as an example
David Smith, Oxford University (UK)

Session 2: Microbiome: Impact on brain function
Microbiome and ageing
Kieran Tuohy, Fondazione Edmund Mach (IT)
The “Inner tube of life” how does the gut age?
Claudio Nicoletti, University of Firenze (IT)
Modulation of brain biology and function by gut bacteria
Philip Burnet, University of Oxford (UK)
Gut microbiota changes in the last decades of life
Patrizia Brigidi, University of Bologna (IT)

Day 2 – Friday 31st August 2018
Session 3: Lifestyle factors affecting food efficacy and cognitive function
Diet and other lifestyle behaviours in relation to cognition in older Greeks – Results from the HELIAD study
Mary Yannakoulia, Harokopio University (GR)
Epigenetics and brain plasticity
Marco Boks, University Medical Center Utrecht (NL)
Early-life probiotics and gut-brain axis: lessons from paediatrics
Marko Kalliomäki, University of Turku (FI)

Session 4: New Avenues: New methodologies applied to cognitive decline
Brain metabolic rescue during ageing: implications for cognitive function
Stephen Cunnane, Sherbrooke University (CA)
MiniBrain and Exposome
Thomas Hartung, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (US)
Metabolomic approach to identify novel biomarkers
Lorraine Brennan, University College Dublin (IE)
Biomarkers of ageing
Aleix Sala-Vila, IDIBAPS (ES)
Outcomes of the LipiDiDiet Study
Tobias Hartmann, Saarland university (DE)

Session 5: The way forward
Measurement and analysis issues in cognitive tests
Louise Dye, University of Leeds (UK)
Nutrition programs in care units
Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Boston University School of Medicine (US)
Meeting standards for cognitive health claims
Karin Verzijden, Axon Lawyers (NL)

Poster Abstract Submission: Deadline 25 June 2018

Format requirements:

  • Posters should be in portrait size in format DIN A0 measuring 90 cm wide and 120 cm high;
  • British English spelling;
  • Title: Arial font, font size 14, bold, 1.15 line spacing, centered text. Avoid lengthy titles;
  • Authors’ names: Full names of all authors (i.e. first name and last name), Arial font, font size 14, bold, 1.15 line spacing, centred text, underline the author who has been designated to present, use superscript numbers (1, 2, 3…) to indicate affiliations (unless all authors have the same affiliation);
  • Affiliations: Provide affiliations for each author by indicating the author’s Organisation and Country. Please define any acronyms you use by first spelling out the full name then adding the acronym in parentheses;
  • Abstract Body: Max 300 words, font Arial size 11. One single paragraph without headings. Used abbreviations should be defined first. Abstract should contain: background information and objectives, main methods and results and interpretation of results/conclusion.

Important: Abstracts which do not meet the requirements above will be sent back to authors and will not be reviewed.

To help you comply with the format requirements, we have created a template in MS Word (see below). You are strongly encouraged to use this template.

How to submit?

The template for poster abstract submission can be downloaded here. Abstracts not complying with the format requirements will be sent back to authors and will not be reviewed.

To submit your abstract, please send it to

Please use the following email subject: “Poster abstract for Symposium on Nutrition for the Ageing Brain”.

You will receive a confirmation of your poster abstract submission within 48 hours. If you have not received any confirmation passed this time, please contact us at

Submission deadline

15 June 2018.


Registration is available here.

Registration fees:
350€ for academia and public sector
450€ for industry attendees
200€ for students (Limited availability: students must produce a copy of their student card)

The registration fee covers:
• Admission to the event
• Abstract booklet
• Buffet lunch/refreshments during the conference on 30th-31st August 2018
• Dinner on 30th August 2018

An invoice will be sent to all participants after registration has been completed. Registration and payment of registration fee by credit card should be made prior to the event, preferably by 15th August 2018. Registration and hotel reservations will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and subject to availability after 10th July 2018. Hotel reservations and online registrations must be made together.


All cancellation of registrations should be made in writing to Ms Ruth Marquet ( Cancellations received until 10th July 2018 will be refunded minus €50 handling charges. Cancellations of registration received after 10th July 2018 will not be refunded.
For hotel reservations, cancellations received in writing are free of charge until
10th July 2018. For cancellations received after that date, the hotel is entitled to charge the full stay. Substitutions of hotel reservations are possible and should be made in writing.

Venue and Accommodation

The event will be held at:
Meliá Avenida América Hotel
Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena, 36, San Blas,
28027 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 23 24 00

A number of standard guest rooms have been pre-booked at special rates in the Meliá Avenida América, where the conference will take place.

Rate Single Room: €121/night
Rate Double Room: €132/night

Rates include buffet breakfast, free access to WIFI, to the wellness centre and 10% taxes. Bedrooms are equipped with WIFI connection, hair dryer, satellite TV and minibar. Check-in time is 15:00 and check-out time is 12:00.

The main themes addressed and the related discussions will be summarised for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.


For more information on this event, please contact Dr Lucie Geurts, Scientific Project Manager (