4th Symposium on ‘Nutrition for the Ageing Brain’

Lisbon, Portugal
26/08/2021 – 27/08/2021

Due to the COVID19 outbreak, we regret to inform you that the 4th Symposium on Nutrition for the Ageing Brain due to take place in June 2020 has been postponed to August 2021. Our symposium is highly important to us, yet the safety of our experts and participants is now the priority.

These unusual health circumstances do not hamper our conviction on the relevance of our activities and issues we address, and the commitment with our community. We continue to work to keep the highest standards for our event and we look forward to meeting you all there. Save the date!

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 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, in August 2021 and will focus 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)

Draft Programme
To be announced soon.

Day 1
Overall Chairs: David Vauzour (University of East Anglia, UK) and TBD
Overall Rapporteurs: Matthew Pontifex (University of East Anglia, UK) and Edina Sliajdzic (King’s College London, UK)

Welcome & Introduction to ILSI Europe & the Symposium Isabelle Guelinckx (ILSI Europe, BE)
Keynote Talk: Nutrition and Cognition: limitations, complexities and interpretations – Nikolaos Scarmeas (Columbia University, US/National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR)

Session 1 – Molecular Mechanisms & Epidemiology
Chairs: TBD & Wim Vanden Berghe (University of Antwerp, BE)

Part 1: Epidemiological insights
MAPT as multidomain approach for improving cognitionSandrine Andrieu (INSERM Toulouse, FR)
Results of the FINGER study Jenni Lehtisalo (Institute for Health and Welfare, FI)
Results of the NU-AGE studyAurelia Santoro (University of Bologna, IT)
The cognitive benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet pattern – Anne-Marie Minihane (University of East-Anglia, UK)

Part 2: Mechanistic insights
Inflammation & immune system: role of nutrition on the ageing brainClaudio Franceschi (University of Bologna, IT)
DNA Damage/epigenetic modulationJan Hoeijmakers (Erasmus University Medical Center, NL)
Circadian rhythmsSteven Brown (University of Zürich, CH)
Update on neurogenesisSandrine Thuret (Kings College London, UK)
Sleep DisordersRaphaelle Winsky-Sommerer (University of Surrey, UK)
Caloric restrictions/sport and exerciseAine Kelly (Trinity College Dublin, IE)

Day 2
Poster flash presentations
Chair: Emma Stevenson (Newcastle University, UK)

Session 2 – Neuroimaging
Chairs: Vittorio Calabrese (University of Catania, IT) & tbc 

A background to imaging methods used in nutritional clinical trialsTristan Hollyer (Arla Foods Ingredients, DK)
Using neuroimaging to explore the impact of nutrition on the ageing brain – Andrew Scholey (Swinburne University, AU)

Session 3 – From gut to brain: Evidence to target the gut as an intervention to maintain brain health 
Chairs: Jeremy Spencer (University of Reading, UK) & Giorgio La Fata (DSM Nutritionals, CH)

Gut-brain axis and inflammationYvonne Nolan (APC Cork, IE)
Neuroinflammation & gutSimon McArthur (Queen Mary University London, UK)
Role of polyphenols in cognitive impairment prevention during ageingYves Desjardins (Laval University, CA)
The neuroactive potential of the human gut microbiotaSara Vieira-Silva (KU Leuven, BE)

Session 4 –  Societal & Environmental Aspects/ Sustainable food systems 
Chairs: Sandrine Thuret (King’s College London, UK) & Louise Dye (University of Leeds, UK) 

Implementation of nutritional therapies for cognition beyond the western worldSaskia Osendarp (Micronutrient Forum, NL)
Dietary patterns and sustainabilityStephen Whybrow (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Food policy/food securityInge Tetens (University of Copenhagen, DK)

Is sustainable good for the brain? Roundtable/open discussion
Chair: Louise Dye (University of Leeds, UK)

Closing: Overall Chairs
Poster Awards
Conclusion and closing remarks

Registration and Payment
Registration will only reopen in March 2021

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 in August 2021
• 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 2021. Registrations will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and are subject to availability after 25 July 2021.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellation of registrations should be made in writing to Mr Hugo Costa ( Cancellations received until 30 June 2021 will be refunded minus €50 handling charges. Cancellations of registration received after 30 June 2021 will not be refunded. Substitutions of registrations can be accepted and should be made in writing to

Venue and Registration
The event will be held at:
Dolce Campo Real, Lisbon
Rua Do Campo
PT – Turcifal, Torres Vedras 2565-770
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 SM859658.

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 SM859658.
Hotel reservations made after 23 June 2021 are subject to availability.

For hotel reservations, cancellations received in writing are free of charge until 23 June 2021. For hotel cancellations received after 23 June 2021, the hotel is entitled to charge the full stay. Substitutions of registrations can be accepted and should be made in writing to

Important Dates
• Poster abstract submission deadline: 11 June 2021
• Poster abstract selection: 30 June 2021
• Cancellation of registration: 30 June 2021
• Cut-off date registrations and payment: 10 August 2021
• Hotel reservations: 15 June 2021
• Hotel reservation cancellations: 23 June 2021

For further information
Dr Lucie Geurts – Scientific Project Manager
Tel: +32 (0)2 775 91 36