Food for the Brain Conference 2008

Food for the Brain Inaugural Conference

3312 hours of informative presentations from speakers from around the world talking about Autism, Alzheimer's, Depression, the role of Vitamin D in Mental Health, Addiction, Schizophrenia and more.

This 2 CD set contains MP3 files for each session and are supported by online pdfs of the presentation handouts to transform your practice and bring your knowledge up to date.

All proceeds go to the Food for the Brain Foundation.

CD Description

The AUDIO CONFERENCE contains the following presentations:





Speaker Profiles

Professor David Smith DPhil FMedSci - was Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford for 21 years until his retirement in 2005. He was also Director of the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit. In 1988 he co-founded the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Aging (OPTIMA) which has become a world-renowned centre for the study of dementia. He continues to direct OPTIMA and his main research interest is in finding ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. He is Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of Food for the Brain.

Deborah Colson DipION mBANT - is a Nutritional Therapist who trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. She specialises in the nutritional treatment of mental health conditions at London’s Brain Bio Centre clinic, the clinical division of Food for the Brain. Deborah co-authored Optimum Nutrition for your Child, Optimum Nutrition for your Child’s Mind and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan. She is currently studying for an MSc in Applied Nutrition at Middlesex University.

Professor S Jill James PhD - is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Director of the Metabolic Genomics Laboratory at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Her research career has been devoted to defining gene-nutrient interactions that increase susceptibility to cancer, birth defects, and most recently, autism. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and recently received the American Society for Nutritional Sciences award for innovative research contributing to the understanding of human nutrition. She is currently funded by a 5 year NIH grant entitled “Metabolic biomarkers of autism: predictive potential and genetic susceptibility”.

Professor Helga Refsum PhD - isProfessor of Nutrition, University of Oslo and visiting Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Oxford. She has pioneered research into homocysteine and related B vitamins for the past 20 years. In 1991, Refsum was one of the initiators of the Hordaland Homocysteine Study, the largest population based study on homocysteine to date. She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Refsum’s focus of research today is the relation between B vitamins and ageing. Her work is supported by the Alzheimer’s Research Trust UK.

Dr Hyla Cass MD - is one of America’s foremost authors and speakers on the subject of natural psychiatry and integrative medicine. A board- certified psychiatrist, and former Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, she has incorporated nutrition and natural health techniques into her practice in the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years. She is author of Natural Highs (with Patrick Holford), 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, and Supplement Your Prescription. for more details.

Michael Ash BSc DO ND DipION Osteopath / Naturapath / Clinical Nutritionist - began in clinical practice in 1982 when he founded the Eldon Health Clinic, this evolved into a large integrative medicine practice with in excess of 10,000 private patients. An osteopath, naturopath and clinical nutritionist he has embraced the evolving culture of integrative medicine and has been a representative pioneer of Functional Medicine within the UK. During his 25 years of practice he has developed health and function improving strategies for elite athletes, patients with metabolic problems, immune disturbances and gastro intestinal health problems as well as many other diverse health disturbances. Since 1999 he has researched, lectured, published on the mucosal immune system within the gastro intestinal tract and its effect on the health of the body. During this time he has pioneered nutrition based immunotherapeutics and has developed a special interest in patients with autism, neurodevelopmental problems, functional bowel problems and recurrent pregnancy loss associated with immune disruption. He sold his clinic in 2006 to concentrate on research and clinical strategies and lectures both nationally and internationally. He devises clinical strategies and develops and tests the hypothesis as well as supporting many individuals seeking optimal health. He assists with nutritional supplement product development and functional food evolution from concept to application. He remains in contact through his Integrative Health Consultancy Business.

Professor Philip Cowen MD FRCPsych FMedSci is Professor of Psychopharmacology at the University of Oxford. He is the MRC Clinical Scientist and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry in Oxford where he holds the chair since 1997 in Psychopharmacology. His main interests are in the biochemistry and treatment of mood disorders.

CDR Joseph R Hibbeln MD USPHS, Acting Chief, Section of Nutritional Neurosciences, LMBB, NIAAA, NIH - is board certified physician in psychiatry and serves as a Commander in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). Dr. Hibbeln originated the field of omega-3 fatty acids in affective disorders and has contributed more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Dr. Hibbeln’s research interests in omega-3 deficiencies encompass severe pathological states, including suicide and psychosis, to normative personality, in adulthood and early development. Because emotion is central to the fabric of human experience, he wonders if a substantial proportion of the emotional distress of modern societies can be reversed by adequate intakes of omega-3 fatty acids. His numerous honours include the T.L Cleave Award from the McCarrison Society, London, the Outstanding Service Metal, the third highest award in the USPHS, three Crisis Response Awards USPHS, the Gerald Klerman award from the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression and Eagle Scout, BSA. Dr. Hibbeln received a BA with special honours from the University of Chicago in 1983 and an M.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1988.

Dr Natalie Sinn PhD - gained considerable international interest in her PhD research with the University of South Australia and CSIRO Human Nutrition which investigated effects of omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients on learning and behaviour problems associated with child ADHD. She currently works in the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre at the University of South Australia where she is continuing research on cognitive and behavioural effects of nutrition as well as behavioural and environmental factors associated with nutritional choices. She is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Post Doctoral Fellowship for a 3-year project investigating benefits of omega-3 fatty acids across the lifespan.

Dr David Miller PhD, has worked in the addiction field for 25 years. The focus of his work has been on finding alternative treatment methods to aid those for whom conventional treatment has not worked. He is a certified relapse prevention specialist and a certified reality therapist. He has done addiction counselling in private practice, in an intensive outpatient treatment program, in a detoxification program, in a family intervention practice, and in a food addiction program. He was an associate professor of addiction studies for 17 years. He is the co-author of numerous books including Staying Clean and Sober: Complementary and Natural Strategies for Healing the Addicted Brain.

Dr Madeleine Portwood – is a qualified teacher and educational psychologist working within Durham LEA. She is currently Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist in County Durham, with specific area of specialism in dyspraxia and has written several books on the subject. Her research over the last eleven years has involved thousands of children/young adults and their families. Dr Portwood will present details of her current research into the effects of fatty-acid supplementation on the behaviour and learning of children.

Professor Joseph Levine MD– Prof Levine's (Ben Gurion University, Israel) main interest is in researching new and innovative treatments for schizophrenia and depression. In the past he studied Myo-inositol as a possible treatment strategy affecting second messenger systems in depression. Recently he has studied homocysteine as a risk factor for schizophrenia and the beneficial effect in this disorder of lowering homocysteine via the administration of folate, B-12 and B-6. He is currently investigating a possible role for creatine mono hydrate (hypothesized to enhance brain energy metabolism) in the treatment of schizophrenia and depression.

Patrick Holford BSc DipION fBANT – founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 1984 and now directs the Food for the Brain Foundation. He is Visiting Professor at the School of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Teesside. Having originally trained in psychology, he specialises in the nutritional treatment of mental health problems. He is author of several books on the subject, including the NEW Optimum Nutrition Bible.