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FAB Research Event: Feeding Healthy Minds – Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Children’s Brain Development

on August 20, 2013

29 Oct 2013 – FAB EVENT – Feeding Healthy Minds – Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Children’s Brain Development

Organised by Food and Behaviour Research
Start Date: October 29 2013
End Date: October 29 2013
Duration: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Location: 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE
Venue: The Royal College of Surgeons

We are enormously proud to be hosting this opportunity for you to hear from some of the world’s leading experts on the role of nutrition in brain development and function, and its importance for mothers and infants.

Hear the latest evidence on how the diets that mothers eat before and during pregnancy can have a lifelong impact on their children’s health and development – and find out what kinds of diets are likely to promote the best, and the worst, outcomes.

The programme for the day has been designed for a multi-disciplinary audience of professionals, policy makers, researchers from academia and industry, and others concerned with the health, education and welfare of mothers, babies and young children. It will give all participants the chance to hear about and discuss the latest evidence and insights into the modern maternal diet and its lasting legacy.

For discussion:

Is it true that pregnant mothers whose diets are high in fat and sugar will have already programmed their babies to crave high fat, high sugar foods by the time they are weaned?
What are the likely consequences for their children’s behavioural and cognitive development if mothers consume a typical modern, western-type diet during pregnancy?
Which nutrients and dietary fats are particularly important in early life, and why?
Which ones are lacking from many mothers’ and infants’ diets – and what are the likely consequences for both the mothers’ mental health and their children’s future cognitive development and wellbeing?
What are the best ways to ensure an adequate intake, for mothers and for young infants?
Improving mothers’ and children’s food choices – what can be done, and who should be doing it?
This event will provide you with opportunities not only to learn from the latest research findings, but also to ask your own questions and get answers that may influence some of the decisions you have to make every day.

Speakers and Presentations:

Early Life Nutrition and Mental Health: An Overview
Dr Alex Richardson (Founder/Trustee of FAB Research; Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford; Author of ‘They Are What You Feed Them’)

The Essentiality of Omega-3 DHA for Human Brain Development: The Marine Food Chain and the Implications
for Maternal Nutrition
Professor Michael A Crawford (Imperial College, London; Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition)

Dietary Needs for Omega-3 During Pregnancy and Infancy
Professor Sheila Innis (Faculty of Medicine, Department of Paediatrics & Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Foods, Nutrition and Health, Child and Family Research Institute, University of British Columbia)

Omega-3 and the Brain: Fish and Seafood Intakes During Pregnancy and Child Development Outcomes
Captain Joseph Hibbeln MD (Acting Chief of Section of Nutritional Neurosciences, Laboratory of Membrane Biophysics and Biochemistry, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA)

Breastfeeding and Children’s Intelligence: Omega-3 and Gene-Nutrient Interactions
Dr Pauline Emmett (Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health in Bristol. Former head of Nutrition Research for the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) based in Bristol)

Effect of inadequate iodine status in pregnant women on cognitive outcomes in their children. Findings from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)
Dr Sarah Bath (Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey)

Translating Research into Practice for Families and Children – A Dietitian’s Perspective
David Rex (Dietitian, Health & Social Care – Children’s Services, Highland Council, Inverness)

If you have any enquiries, please phone us on 01463 667318 and we will be happy to help.

Contact Information: Fiona O’Fee or Ruth Whitfield admin@fabresearch.org 01463 667318

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