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10th Anniversary Lecture for the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre

Lecture Theatre 001, Business & Law Building


10th Anniversary Lecture for the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre

When: 6.00pm – 7.30pm, Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Where: Lecture Theatre 001, Ground Floor, Business & Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Free admission


You are invited to a public lecture celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Northumbria University’s Brain, Performance and Nutrition research centre (BPNRC).

The BPNRC, led by a team of academic and research staff, designs and conducts world-leading human trials. Research undertaken in the centre’s laboratories includes the investigation of food, drink and supplements on the human brain.

The lecture will feature three academics from the centre and will include a brief history of the BPNRC and its work. The speakers will discuss the research it has carried out since its launch a decade ago and there will be opportunities for attendees to participate in live cognitive demonstrations.

About the Speakers

Professor David Kennedy is Professor of Biological Psychology at Northumbria University and the Director of the BPNRC. He has supervised over 100 controlled trials investigating the effects of nutritional interventions, including vitamins and minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, and plant-derived extracts and compounds on human brain function. His recently published book, Plants and the Human Brain, describes the psychopharmacology of plant-derived compounds and how these properties relate to the ecological ‘secondary metabolite’ roles of plant chemicals.

Dr Emma Wightman is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University and Business Manager at the BPNRC. She leads the Polyphenols research group at the centre. Her PhD was the first to investigate the cognitive and cerebral blood flow effects of the polyphenol resveratrol in humans.

Dr Philippa Jackson is Associate Director at the BPNRC and leads the fatty acids research group. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University. Her research focus includes the investigation of the bio-behavioural effects of omega-3 fatty acids in healthy individuals. She has acted as a co-investigator on a number of industry-funded collaborations and, more recently, as principal investigator on a project evaluating diurnal variation in circulating omega-3 fatty acids.


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Event Details

Lecture Theatre 001, Business & Law Building
City Campus East
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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