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SHEFFIELD, Thursday 29 October 2015 - Feeding Better Behaviour, Learning and Mood: The Gut, Brain and Nutrition Connection

SheffieldFood and Behaviour Research

Start Date: 29 October 2015

End Date: 29 October 2015

Duration 3.5 hours

Location Sheffield

Venue Hilton Hotel, Victoria Quays, Furnival Road, Sheffield S4 7YB

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2015 Regional Programme - SHEFFIELD

Food and Behaviour Research is respected throughout the world for the quality of its events and speakers, and has for many years delivered ground-breaking content, often coinciding with the delivery of latest research and opinion.

This UK regional programme involves a series of early evening workshops and seminars providing a concise yet comprehensive, overview of current research and practice in the area of nutrition and mental health, and including updates from earlier FAB conferences.

The seminars have CPD accreditation from the Association for Nutrition, and include coverage of a wide range of topics of interest not only to nutritionists and other health professionals or students, but to those working in education, social services and allied areas, and/or food and catering - as well as to interested members of the general public. Information about the programme will be published through our regular e-alerts and via the many local individuals and groups who support FAB and our message.  If you would like to help spread the word amongst your colleagues, peers, local groups and decision makers please email

Feeding Better Behaviour, Learning and Mood: The Gut, Brain and Nutrition Connection - Sheffield, Thursday 29th October 2015  

Difficulties with mood, behaviour and learning are an ever-increasing problem in the UK and other developed countries.  Conditions like ADHD, Dyslexia and Autism Spectrum Disorders have reached record levels, as have anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions, across all ages.  Milder forms of these disorders are also common, leaving families and health professionals struggling to cope.

The surge in conditions relating to mental health, wellbeing and performance is linked to rising rates of many physical health problems that are known to be diet-related: from obesity and diabetes, to allergies and other immune system conditions.  New scientific research shows how mental and physical disorders often occur together, and how the highly complex links between our guts, brains and immune systems are heavily influenced by what we are eating.* 

This seminar presents the latest scientific evidence on how diet influences learning, mood and behaviour, examines the potential for positive clinical and personal outcomes, and introduces practical, cost-effective strategies for prevention and management of disorders affecting mental health, wellbeing and performance.

PROGRAMME (timings and topics subject to confirmation)

  • Registration from 5.00 p.m.  First presentation 6.00 p.m.
  • Informal networking, and light refreshments
  • Dr Alex Richardson Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Evidence Based Intervention, University of Oxford; Founder Director, FAB Research
    • Nutrition and Behaviour and Learning:  An Overview.
    • Evidence-Based Dietary Interventions for Behaviour and Learning in Clinical and General Populations.
  • Kevin WilliamsonSenior Nutritionist, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
    • How to influence food choices in the context of current food culture.
    • Nutrition science in practice – how do we decide what’s worth trying?
  • Seminar ends 8.30 p.m.

For more information about this topic please visit our March 2014 conference page here, or access our Audio Video library to view the presentations (available to FAB Associate Members; if you're not a member and would like to join visit our Associate Members page, or contact

Contact Information: Events office  01296 706445