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

Madrid, Spain
30/08/2018 – 31/08/2018

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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 took place on 30-31 August 2018 in Madrid, Spain.
The purpose was to convene experts to discuss and debate the potential for maintaining cognitive function through dietary intake. This symposium was specifically focused 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 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;
• Lifestyle factors: 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 programme is available here.


Overall Chair: Dr David Vauzour (University of East Anglia, UK)
Overall Co-Chair: Dr Jonathan Farrimond (Lucozade Ribena Suntory,UK)
Rapporteur: Ms Emma Flanagan (University of East Anglia, UK)
Co-Rapporteur: Dr Daniel Lamport (University of Reading, UK)

The presentations and posters (upon author’s agreement) can be found HERE

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 (