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Public Lecture Series: Professor Dianne Ford

Northumbria University


Professor Dianne Ford, Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University 

Can we eat to live longer?

Refreshments will be available from 6pm



In the lecture Professor Ford will show how the food we eat can have a major impact on health, how we age, and how long we live. She will discuss one of the most effective dietary strategies to extend lifespan – at least in experimental organisms – reducing food intake. This practice, known as dietary restriction or calorie restriction, is the reduction of food intake while still maintaining adequate essential nutrition.

Professor Ford will argue that an understanding at the molecular level of the changes that occur may allow us to reap the benefits without the pain, by mimicking effects using specific foods or drugs. Her lecture will present some of the key research on this topic and explore the potential to age better or live longer through changing diet.

About the speaker

Dianne Ford is Professor of Molecular Nutrition. She studied biochemistry to PhD level at the University of Bristol before joining Newcastle University.  During a 23-year career there, Dianne applied this background to studies of improving human health through diet. Dianne joined Northumbria University as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in April 2016.

Dianne publishes widely in the area of molecular nutrition. She is well known internationally for research on the micronutrient zinc. She is consulted nationally and internationally on topics related to nutrition and ageing. She has served several terms on BBSRC research committees, and is currently a core member of Committee C.

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Event Details

Northumbria University
Room CCE 002, Business & Law Building
City Campus East
Newcastle Upon Tyne


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