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Nutrition plays a crucial role in linking developmental neurobiology and cognitive neuroscience. It has a profound impact on the development of brain structure and function, with nutrition imbalances potentially resulting in developmental dysfunction and disease in later life. Additionally, emerging science is starting to document how the way we feed our gut microbes also has an indisputable effect on brain health.
In this issue of the Nutrition Evidence Alert you will find 95 Plain Language Summaries – including 50 randomised controlled trials – focusing on the role of nutrition in brain health. The aim of this issue is to help you achieve a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the processes involved in neurobehavioral and neurodegenerative disorders. Our indexing team was particularly interested in how individualised nutritional strategies might help prevent these conditions, as well as how gut microbial balance might contribute to improved quality of life.
Meet The Editor: Dr Kate Lawrence
“Hello! I’m Kate, a psychology lecturer and researcher into emotional and social development with a special interest in how the microbiome influences mental health and well-being.”
After Kate gained her BA (Hons) First Class in Psychology at Oxford University in 1997 she was involved in research work at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health. She was awarded a PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL in 2003 with a focus on social and emotional skills in individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Turner syndrome, and typically developing children, adolescents and adults. Since then Kate has been involved in a range of national and international multidisciplinary collaborative projects incorporating psychology, genetics and neuroscience.
From 2013 Kate has been working on the psychology programme at St Mary’s University Twickenham where she has been publishing interesting discoveries about the influence of age, gender and puberty on emotional development, together with collaborators at UCL.
At present Kate is currently working on a project with nutritional therapist Jeannette Hyde, looking at the influence of dietary microbiome manipulations on physical and emotional wellbeing.
Kate’s editorial picks for you this month are as follows: