December  2019

Boston, MA

Pre-Conference Workshop Day
Wednesday, November 14

13.00 - 16.00
Food for Brain Health: Understanding the Potential of Nutritional Psychiatry Through the Gut-Brain Axis
Workshop Leader: Felice Jacka, Professor, School of Medicine, Deakin University


With depressive disorders the leading source of disability globally, the identification of new target for prevention and management is imperative.

Extensive pre-clinical and clinical data have begun to show that diet induced gut microbiota modulations play a key role in the regulation of mental health and brain function. Amongst the many external factors that influence overall gut microbiota composition, dietary interventions may be utilized as a clinical strategy for improving mental and and overall brain health.

In addition, the use of widespread clinical experiments within the food and nutrition community may point the scientific community to understanding the mechanistic role of the gut microbiome within a number of key CNS based disorders.

Join a internationally-recognized leader at the heart of Nutritional Psychiatry to better understand:

  • The importance of Nutritional Psychiatry across a number of mental disorders including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia
  • The role of diet in parents prior to conception and in pregnant mothers and their children
  • How recent clinical studies are showing how diet-induced gut microbiota modulations are affecting brain health and behavior
  • The enormous potential of developing nutritional interventions to help prevent and treat mental, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders

Felice Jacka, Professor, School of Medicine, Deakin University

Professor Felice Jacka is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Deakin University where she is director of the new Food & Mood Centre. She is founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and immediate past president of the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD). Professor Jacka has pioneered and led a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets interact with the risk for mental health problems. Her current work focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health and mental and brain health. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders.