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22 May 2014 - FAB Researchers present at the Dieticians of Canada Omega-3 Symposium, Toronto

The last five years have seen a flurry of exciting new developments in the area of omega-3 fatty acids for optimal human health.

FAB Research scientists Dr Alex Richardson and Capt Joe Hibbeln will both be presenting some of the latest findings, along with other leading international omega-3 experts, at the ‘DHA / EPA Omega­3 for Health Symposium: Update 2014’ 

The Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Mississauga Convention Center, Toronto, Ontario, organised by Professor Bruce Holub of the DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute, and is aimed at helping professionals to distinguish the solid scientific evidence on omega-3 from the many media stories that often distort this.

It will cover recommended intakes of EPA/DHA omega-3 from national and international organizations for various health targets. Agri-food and nutraceutical sources will be explored in order to meet these targets. Controversial topics and marketing advertisements will also be objectively clarified.

Highlights include:

  • the importance of higher DHA intakes during pregnancy, lactation, infancy and childhood
  • the benefits of higher EPA/DHA intakes for complimentary care in inflammatory conditions
  • the increased use of EPA/DHA for cardio care and risk factor management including triglyceride- and blood pressure-lowering
  • EPA/DHA for age-related health conditions
  • EPA/DHA for various mental disorders including depression and anxiety disorders
  • EPA/DHA for the complimentary management of sports-related concussions


  • DHA Omega-3 Supplementation During Pregnancy Improves Health Outcomes
  • Short- and Long-Term Benefits of DHA Intakes During Infancy
  • DHA/EPA Omega-3 in Relation to Reading, Learning, and Behaviour in Healthy School Children and in ADHD
  • Use of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for the Prevention and Management of Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Fish Consumption, Omega-3 Fatty Acid Status, and Association with Risk of Coronary Heart Disease and All-Cause Mortality
  • A Role for Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Mental Disorders (incl. Depression, Violent Behaviours, others)
  • Actual versus Target Intakes of DHA/EPA for Human Health and Disease Prevention/Management: Closing the Omega-3 Nutrition Gap with Agri-Foods and Nutraceuticals