About this event

  • Date and time Wed 8 Nov 2023 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Food and Health

Join us for an engaging and informative meeting that delves into the critical role of diet in establishing and maintaining optimal brain health throughout our lives. The event aims to equip you with a greater awareness of crucial issues and potential solutions, enabling you to identify and anticipate problems related to the impact of diet on cognitive function. Additionally, you will gain insights into ways to reduce these risks and understand the development of future policies.

By attending, you will:

  • Acquire a critical knowledge of the evidence linking diet quality to brain health 
  • Recognise the strengths, diversity, and limitations of the science of nutrition and brain health 
  • Understand potential mechanisms by which nutrition can influence brain development and function throughout the lifespan  
  • Gain awareness of the importance of early life and maternal nutrition on brain development and cognitive function 
  • Understand ways to support older clients and patients to minimise the risk of cognitive decline through better nutrition 

So register today, and hear from expert international speakers in healthcare and academia as they explore the substantial impact that healthy or unhealthy nutrition can have on cognitive abilities throughout a person's lifespan.

Can’t attend in person on the day? This event is available to watch on-demand for up to 60 days. Please register for the pre-recorded webinar here. The link to watch the webinar will be sent via email within a week of the live in-person event so that you can view it on-demand. 

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Earlybird pricing available until 27 October 2023.


RSM Fellow RSM Retired Fellow RSM Associate RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £18.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£141.00 £55.00 £55.00 £30.00


View the programme 08 November 2023

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Leigh Gibson, President, Food and Health Forum, Royal Society of Medicine, and Associate Professor in Biopsychology, University of Roehampton

Session 1

Chair: To be confirmed 

Disorders of the brain are now recognized as a global health emergency

Professor Michael Crawford, Visiting Professor,  Imperial College London

B vitamins and brain health over the lifespan

Dr Celeste de Jager, Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Evidence for impairment of hippocampal dependent learning and memory by ‘Western’ diet

Dr Tuki Attuquayefio, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Does genotype influence the associations between diet and cognition?

Professor Anne-Marie Minihane, Professor of Nutrigenomics, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

Panel discussion

Session 2

Chair: To be confirmed

Impact of maternal and early diet on children’s cognitive performance

Dr Pauline Emmett, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Bristol Population Health Science Institute,  Bristol Medical School

Dietary patterns, brain morphology and cognitive performance in children

Dr Trudy Voortman, Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Role of fruit and vegetables in sustaining healthy cognitive function

Professor Crystal Haskell-Ramsay, Research Lead for the Psychology Department, Northumbria University

Diet and cognition claims: a critical view of the quality of the evidence

Professor Susan Fairweather-Tait, Professor of Human Nutrition, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

Panel discussion
Close of remarks

Dr Leigh Gibson, President, Food and Health Forum, Royal Society of Medicine, and Associate Professor in Biopsychology, University of Roehampton

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Tuesday 7 November 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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