3rd Workshop on Nutrition for the Ageing Brain ‘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 workshop will take place on 30-31 August 2018 in Madrid, Spain.
The purpose of the workshop is to convene experts to discuss and debate the potential for maintaining cognitive function through dietary intake. This workshop 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)
• Prof. Vittorio Calabrese, University of Catania (IT)
• Prof. Louise Dye, University of Leeds (UK)
• Dr Jonathan Farrimond, Lucozade Ribena Suntory (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
Overview of the current situation
Cecilia Samieri, INSERM Bordeaux (FR)
Biomarkers of food intake
Gunther Kuhnle, University of Reading (UK)
Biomarkers of cognitive health
David Smith, Oxford University (UK)

Session 2: Microbiome: Impact on brain function
Microbiome and ageing
To be confirmed
Inflammageing at the gut level
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
Sleep deprivation: effects on cognitive performance
To be confirmed
Epigenetics and brain plasticity
Marco Boks, University Medical Center Utrecht (NL)
Early-life nutrition and gut-brain axis
Marko Kalliomäki, University of Turku (FI)

Session 4: New Avenues: New methodologies applied to cognitive decline
Neuroimaging for brain metabolic rescue in ageing
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)
Cognitive Health Claims
Karin Verzijden, Axon Lawyers (NL)

Poster Submission: Deadline 15 June 2018

Format requirements:

• British English spelling;
• Title: Arial font, font size 14, bold, 1.15 line spacing, centred 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: Posters 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 submission can be downloaded here. Posters not complying with the format requirements will be sent back to authors and will not be reviewed.

To submit your poster, please send it to

Please use the following email subject: “Poster abstract for 3rd Workshop on Nutrition for the Ageing Brain”.

You will receive a confirmation of your poster 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)

Venue and Accommodation

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