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29th October 2014 - Nutrition and Mental Resilience in Children and Adults: Feeding Better Health, Wellbeing and Performance

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Start Date: 29 October 2014

End Date: 29 October 2014

Duration 9.20 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Location 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE

Venue The Royal College of Surgeons

This event took place on 29 October 2014

Our October 2014 event featured a panel of leading international researchers and expert practitioners, who spoke about the links between diet and mental resilience.

There is a well-documented increase in mental health, wellbeing and performance disorders across all ages. Issues such as stress, depression and anxiety put pressure on an over-burdened health system, as well as on individual and family harmony. These concerns are especially relevant in children and young adults where mental health issues impact on social and educational development, sometimes with serious life time consequences.

Diet across all ages, and in pregnancy was discussed, along with the correlation between nutrition, sleep and mental resilience and we debated the clinical and educational merits and successes of this triad.

Conveying the findings from new research, and updating the perspectives of recent studies, our speakers delivered the latest developments in this important and uplifting conference. Delegates had the chance to ask questions, and join the discussion, along with gathering new insights to use at home, in practice, and for further eductaion.

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS included:

Welcome and Chair’s Introduction

Professor John Stein (Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford)

The Role of Diet in Mental Resilience: An Overview
Dr Alex Richardson (Centre for Evidence Based Intervention, University of Oxford; and FAB Research)

Nutrition and Brain Biochemistry – Understanding The Basics
Dr Alexis Bailey (Neuropharmacology, University of Surrey )

Dietary Fats and Brain Function: Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Hostility
Captain Joe Hibbeln (National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC)

Clinical Trials of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Depression: Findings and Implications
Dr Brian Hallahan (Psychiatry, University of Galway) and Captain Joe Hibbeln (NIH)

Mothers’ Diets in Pregnancy, Maternal Anxiety and Depression, and Children’s Mental Health:  An update from the ALSPAC study
Captain Joe Hibbeln
(NIH) and Dr Pauline Emmett (University of Bristol)

Nutrition and Eating Disorders
Dr Agnes Ayton
(Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, NHS Oxford)

Omega-3 DHA and Sleep
Professor Paul Montgomery (Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford)

Anxiety, Food and Children’s Diets – Clinical and Educational Perspectives
David Rex (Lead Child Health Dietitian, Highland Council)

Nutrition and Health  - Are Children Getting a Raw Deal?
Neville Rigby
(Convener, International Obesity Forum, and Former Director of Policy and Public Affairs of the International Obesity Task Force)

All delegates received a £20 voucher against the delegate fee for our 28th November 2014 conference to be held in Oxford - please e-mail events@fabresearch.org if you were a delegate at the October conference and did not receive a voucher yet.