Food and Behaviour Research

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3 October 2008 - FAB CONFERENCE - Feeding Young Minds, Oxford

Food and Behaviour Research

Start Date: 03 October 2008

End Date: 03 October 2008

Duration 9am to 4.45pm

Location Oxford

Venue Saïd Business School, Park End Street. OX1 1HP


Omega-3 for Behaviour, Learning and Mood: Science, policy and practice

Nutrition is as important for our mental health and performance as it is for our physical fitness - the amount and type of fat in our diets is a key influence on both.

Certain omega-3 fats are critical to brain development and function, but are lacking from many people's diets.

Infants and children are particularly vulnerable; the effects of early malnourishment can last a lifetime. Evidence shows that 'getting the fats right' can help at any age.

Omega-3 deficiencies are linked with many different behaviour, learning and mental health problems - but most people still don't know which omega-3 really matter or how to ensure an adequate intake.

Leading international experts in this field will bring you the latest scientific evidence, clearly explaining its implications for policy and practice as well as for anyone seeking to improve their own health through diet.

Find out what positive changes you can make at home and at work. Learn how you could help influence policy in the UK, and have your own questions answered.

  • Do pregnant mothers and babies consume enough omega-3? What are the implications if they don't? Is current dietary advice appropriate?
  • Can omega-3 really help combat depression and anti-social behaviour, or reduce symptoms of ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism? Can they improve mood or boost learning more generally? How would we know and what are the practical implications?
  • How can our omega-3 dietary requirements be met? Are there enough fish in the sea, and what about vegetarian sources? What can we all do to help?


  • Education professionals in schools, colleges and universities
  • Early childhood education and care professionals, family support professionals
  • Local authority social services directors and social workers
  • Local authority catering managers
  • Public health directors, NHS childcare co-ordinators, health visitors and GPs
  • Child psychiatrists and psychologists and other clinical and therapeutic professionals
  • Violence and crime prevention professionals
  • Professional bodies and Royal Colleges
  • Policy-makers, researchers and academics
  • Voluntary organizations and Charities
  • Parents and carers


Dr Alex Richardson
Founder director of FAB Research; Visiting Research Scientist at Universities of Oxford and Bristol; Author of 'They Are What You Feed Them'

An authority on the role of nutrition (particularly fatty acids) in childhood developmental disorders and adult mental health, Alex Richardson carried out the first controlled trials of omega-3 for child behaviour and learning.

Professor Michael Crawford
Director, Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, London Metropolitan University

Michael Crawford is one of the world's leading experts in brain chemistry and human nutrition specialising in dietary fats and their health implications. In his book "The Driving Force: Food, Evolution and the Future" he presented evidence for the Aquatic Ape Theory - that the modern human brain could not have developed a savannah diet, but needed the long-chain fatty acids provided by the food from a seashore environment.

Professor John Stein
Professor of Neurophysiology, University of Oxford; Chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust

His extensive research has included pioneering work on auditory and visual perceptual difficulties in dyslexia, and their genetic and neurobiological basis. As a medical doctor, John Stein has had a long-term interest in the benefits of fish oils, and he now leads a research programme investigating nutritional approaches to antisocial behaviour as well as developmental disorders.

Dr Joseph Hibbeln
Lead Clinical Investigator, Unit of Nutrition in Psychiatry; Nat Inst of Health, USA; Commander in the US Public Health Service

Joseph Hibbeln is a primary collaborator in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children in Bristol, studying the effect of nutritional insufficiencies in pregnancy in childhood, neuro-developmental outcomes and relevant gene-nutrition interactions. He also collaborates internationally in clinical trials of omega-3 fatty acids in the areas of suicide prevention, postpartum depression and violence.

Professor Malcolm Peet
Consultant Psychiatrist, Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust, Professor Associate, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield

Malcolm Peet has a research background in psychopharmacology and has been investigating the role of nutrition in mental health since 1990. His main research focus has been the role of omega-3 fatty acids in depression and schizophrenia. Recently he has focused on the practical applications of nutritional interventions within mental health services in the UK.

Dr Paul Montgomery
Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford; Director of FAB Research

Paul has established a research group focusing on high quality trials and systematic reviews of complex psychosocial interventions, including diet. He has recently reviewed the effects of omega-3 supplementation in bipolar disorder (manic depression) and has also carried out other research with Alex Richardson into fatty acid supplementation in children.

Professor Jack Winkler
Professor of Nutrition Policy, London Metropolitan University, Director of Nutrition Policy Unit; Director of Food & Health Research

Jack Winkler originally trained as a sociologist. He is responsible for post-graduate teaching in nutrition policy and co-ordination/communication of London Metropolitan University's activities. He is a founder, officer and/or member of most UK voluntary groups concerned with diet and health, including London Food Commission, National Food Alliance, Coronary Prevention Group, Consensus Action on Salt and Health, Joint Claims Initiative, Baby Drinks Campaign, Action and Information on Sugars, and Sustain.


Central Government and Private Sector Organisations: £240
Early bird: £195 for bookings taken before 26 Sept 08

Public, Educational, NHS, Local Government, Voluntary Organisations and Charities (with income of over £1m): £175
Early bird: £139 for bookings taken before 26 Sept 08

Voluntary Organisations and Concessions: £165
Early bird: £125 for bookings taken before 26 Sept 08

FAB Associate Members (Existing members only): £85

4 easy ways to register and pay:

  • Online - click on the link at the top of this page. (Please have your debit/credit card ready).
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Contact Information: Fiona O'Fee and Karen Philip 01463 258837