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Dr Simon Dyall

Dr Simon Dyall

Senior Lecturer and Course Convener, MSc in Clinical Neuroscience, Roehampton University, London

Research Interests:

Dr Simon Dyall is Senior Lecturer and Course Convener for the MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Roehampton, London. He is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), and a member of numerous scientific societies and professional bodies.

Simon has been a reviewer for the BBSRC, MRC, US Army Medical Research, and other funders. He is on the Editorial Board of Lipids in Health and Disease and regularly reviews for many scientific journals. He is also Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma, Queen Mary University of London.


Simon’s Roehampton lab investigates the neuroprotective properties of bioactive lipids, such as the omega-3 fatty acids. The studies in development and ageing have looked at a variety of key indices including, glutamatergic system, cannabinoid signalling, retinoid signalling, (neuro)inflammation, oxidative stress and neurogenesis. These studies have helped elucidate some specific mechanisms of action which may underlie their beneficial effects.

In 2019, Simon’s current projects include exploring the potential of phospholipid precursors in traumatic brain injury; the role of omega-3 fatty acids and lipid mediators in perinatal health; and the therapeutic effects of omega-3 fatty acids on physical ability and cognition in the older adult.

Recent Publications:

Effects of a high DHA multi-nutrient supplement and exercise on mobility and cognition in older women (MOBILE): A randomized semi-blinded placebo controlled study; Fairbairn, P., Tsofliou, F., Johnson, A. & Dyall, S. 14 Jul 2019 In : Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences.

The effects of storage conditions on long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, lipid mediators, and antioxidants in donor human milk – a review; Nessel, I., Khashu, M. & Dyall, S. 13 Jul 2019

Combining a high DHA multi-nutrient supplement with aerobic exercise: Protocol for a randomised controlled study assessing mobility and cognitive function in older women; Fairbairn, P., Tsofliou, F., Johnson, A. & Dyall, S. 1 Apr 2019 143, p. 21-30

Brain Phospholipid Precursors Administered Post-Injury Reduce Tissue Damage and Improve Neurological Outcome in Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury; Thau-Zuchman, O., Gomes, R. N., Dyall, S. C., Davies, M., Priestley, J. V., Groenendijk, M., De Wilde, M. C., Tremoleda, J. L. & Michael-Titus, A. T. 25 Jul 2018

Interplay Between n-3 and n-6 Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and the Endocannabinoid System in Brain Protection and Repair; Dyall, S. C. Nov 2017 In : Chemistry and physics of lipids. 52, 11, p. 885-900

Interplay between lipid mediators and immune system in the promotion of brain self-repair; Dyall, S. 24 Oct 2017 Role of the Mediterranean Diet in the Brain and Neurodegenerative Diseases. 1 ed. p. 401 15 p. 26

Science Vs: Vitamins & Supplements - Are They Worth It?; Dyall, S. 19 Oct 2017

Arachidonic and Docosahexaenoic acid intakes are low in extremely preterm infants receiving standard neonatal intensive care in the UK; De Rooy, L., Dyall, S. & Hamdallah, H. Nov 2016 175, 11, p. 1498-1499

Extremely preterm infants receiving standard care receive very low levels of arachidonic and docosahexaenoic acids; De Rooy, L., Hamdallah, H. & Dyall, S. C. 8 Oct 2016 36, 6, p. 1593-1600

Distinctive effects of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids in regulating neural stem cell fate are mediated via endocannabinoid signalling pathways; Dyall, S., Mandhair, H. K., Fincham, R. E. A., Kerr, D. M., Roche, M. & Molina-Holgado, F. 1 Apr 2016 In : NEUROPHARMACOLOGY. 107, p. 387-395 9 p.

What is the evidence for nutritional supplementation in a hip and knee replacement ERAS protocol?; Wainwright, T., Branney, J., Dyall, S. & Middleton, R. 1 Apr 2016 12, p. e58

A High Omega-3 Fatty Acid Multinutrient Supplement Benefits Cognition and Mobility in Older Women: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Pilot Study; Strike, S. C., Carlisle, A., Gibson, E. L. & Dyall, S. Feb 2016 In : Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences. 71, 2, p. 236-42 7 p.

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and the brain: a review of the independent and shared effects of EPA, DPA and DHA; Dyall, S. C. 21 Apr 2015 In : Frontiers in aging neuroscience. 7, p. 52

Blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid are associated with gait and lower limb power in older females; Dyall, S. C., Carlisle, A., Gibson, E. L. & Strike, S. 1 Jan 2015 In : Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 74, OCE2, p. E168-E168

The effects of an omega-3 fatty acid enriched supplement on physical performance in older women – a randomised double-blind placebo controlled study; Dyall, S. C., Carlisle, A., Gibson, E. L. & Strike, S. 1 Jan 2015 In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY. 74, OCE2, p. E178-E178