4th Symposium on ‘Nutrition for the Ageing Brain’

Lisbon, Portugal
25/08/2022 – 26/08/2022

Background and Objectives
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. Until now no major health organisation has given preventive dietary recommendations for preserving brain health and cognition. In addition, it has not been clearly stated that specific nutrients help maintain brain function during ageing. ILSI Europe’s Nutrition & Mental Performance task force embarked on this project in 2014 to review the evidence supporting how nutrients, food and diet influence brain health by organising a series of events on this topic.

These workshops are organised every second year and attract multi-stakeholder experts from different countries. The 4th symposium in this series was held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 25 and 26 August 2022 and focused on the following themes:

  • Latest evidence in molecular mechanisms and epidemiological aspects
  • The Gut-Brain Axis: Evidence of targeting the gut for maintaining brain health
  • Sustainable Food Systems

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 Giorgio LaFata, DSM (CH)
• Prof. Jeremy Spencer, University of Reading (NL)
• Dr Sandrine Thuret, King’s College London (UK)
• Prof. Wim Vanden Berghe, University of Antwerp (BE)

The final programme is available HERE

The event booklet is available HERE 

Videos and slides

The speakers videos and slides are available HERE

Abstracts Submission: CLOSED.
Upon acceptance, the authors will be invited to present their poster during the event. In addition, some participants will be selected to give a short flash presentation (3 min max) on Day 2.

Awards are foreseen for the authors of the best three posters.

The poster session was supported by Nutrition and Healthy Aging Journal:
Nutrition and Healthy Aging is an international forum for research on nutrition as a means of promoting healthy aging. It is particularly concerned with the impact of nutritional interventions on the metabolic and molecular mechanisms which modulate aging and age-associated diseases, including both biological responses on the part of the organism itself and its micro biome. Results emanating from both model organisms and clinical trials will be considered. With regards to the latter, the journal will be rigorous in only accepting for publication well controlled, randomized human intervention trials that conform broadly with the current EFSA and US FDA guidelines for nutritional clinical studies. The journal will publish research articles, short communications, critical reviews and conference summaries, whilst open peer commentaries will be welcomed.

Registration and Payment
The registration is closed.
Registration fees amount to the below figures for this 2-day symposium.

The registration fee covers:
• Admission to the 2-day event
• Abstract booklet
• Buffet lunch/refreshments during the conference
• Dinner on day 1
An invoice will be sent to all participants after registration has been completed.
Registration and payment of registration fees by credit card should be made prior to the event, preferably by 10 August 2022.
Registrations will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and are subject to availability after 25 July 2022.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellation of registrations should be made in writing to Mr Hugo Costa (hcosta@ilsieurope.be). Cancellations received until 30 June 2022 will be refunded minus €50 handling charges. Cancellations of registration received after 30 June 2022 will not be refunded. Substitutions of registrations can be accepted and should be made in writing to hcosta@ilsieurope.be.

The event will be held at:
Dolce Campo Real, Lisbon
Rua Do Campo
PT – Turcifal, Torres Vedras 2565-770 Portugal
Tel: +351 261 960 900
A number of standard guest rooms have been pre-booked at special rates in the Dolce Campo Real Lisbon where the event will take place.
Rate Single Room: €115/night
Rate Double Room: €135/night
Rates include buffet breakfast, free access to WIFI, to the spa & fitness area and 6% VAT. Bedrooms are equipped with WIFI connection, hair dryer, satellite TV, minibar, and a private balcony, free parking.
Hotel reservations must be made via the hotel booking page using the special code for symposium delegates SAM7846445.
Check-in time is 15:00 and check-out time is 12:00.
The Dolce Campo Real Lisbon is located in Torres Vedras at a 35 minutes’ drive from Lisbon’s airport and at a 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon’s city centre. In the midst of the Protected Landscapes of Serra do Socorro and Archeira, guests will enjoy the views of golf course area, vineyards, and rich nature. The hotel features 3 swimming pools, 1 spa area, 2 tennis courts and 1 golf course.
Please click here for more details on how to reach the Dolce Campo Real from Lisbon airport.

Hotel Reservations
Hotel reservations must be made via the hotel booking page using the special code for symposium delegates SAM7846445. Hotel reservations made after 23 June 2022 are subject to availability. For hotel reservations, cancellations received in writing are free of charge until 23 June 2022.

For hotel cancellations received after 23 June 2022, the hotel is entitled to charge the full stay. Substitutions of registrations can be accepted and should be made in writing to hcosta@ilsieurope.be.

For Transportation to and from the airport/hotel:
To easily reach the venue of the event, we propose a quick and comfortable solution to all the attendees. To book please follow the link:  HERE. If you have any problems with your transfer reservation, you can use the following number in case of urgency +351 935 211 405.

Please kindly note the transfer company offers a shared transportation, and will do its best to gather a maximum of 7 participants per transfer, depending on the arrival time. The costs of this service will be divided by the number of people sharing the same vehicle. All these are explained while filling out the form.
Thank you for carefully filling out this form and reading the cancellation policy. You will receive an automatic email upon the fulfilment of the form which serves as confirmation.
Any questions regarding this service, you can contact by email hcosta@ilsieurope.be

Important Dates

  • Poster abstract submission deadline: 28 July 2022
  • Poster abstract selection: 31 July 2022
  • Cancellation of registration: 30 June 2022
  • Cut-off date registrations and payment: 10 August 2022
  • Hotel reservations: 15 June 2022
  • Hotel reservation cancellations: 23 June 2022

For inquiries

During the days of the event, if you have any urgent questions, you can contact us at number: +32 2 771 00 14