12:15 PM – 1:45 PM | Thursday, February 21, 2019
Speaker: Richard Bazinet PhD
Location: Nassau Suite
Session Description: Omega 3 fatty acids have gained much attention for their effects on heart health; however, the impact of omega 3s on brain health is often overlooked – considering more than 50% of the brain is fat and DHA is the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid in the brain. This talk will review the basic nutrition and biochemistry of omega-3 fatty acids and their impact on brain health through all stages of life. Some of the recent controversies in omega-3s and cardiometabolic health will be discussed; however, the talk will focus on omega-3 fatty acids and their impact on brain function and health. Specifically, the talk will discuss clinical studies across a number of brain related conditions including mental health and Alzheimer’s disease. It will also cover suggested omega-3 intake, recommended dosing, supplementation and brain optimization.
- Participants will be able to describe the biochemistry of omega-3 fatty acids as they relate to brain health
- Participants will be able to describe the primary scientific literature of omega-3 fatty acids as they relate to brain function with a focus on epidemiological and randomized controlled studies related to major depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Participants will be able to identify food sources and suggested dosing of omega-3 fatty acids that are related to brain health outcomes.
About The Speaker:
Dr. Richard Bazinet PhD received his BSc from the University of Western Ontario and completed his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Cunnane at the University of Toronto in 2003. Dr. Bazinet then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Stanley Rapoport’s Brain Physiology and Metabolism Section at the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Bazinet joined the University of Toronto in 2006, where he is currently an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Brain Lipid Metabolism. Dr. Bazinet is the recipient of several awards, including the Early Career Award from the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids; the Jordi-Folch-Pi Memorial Award from the American Society for Neurochemistry; the Future Leaders Award from the International Life Sciences Institute, the Young Scientist Award for the American Oil Chemists’ Society and the Early Researcher Award from the Canadian Society for Nutrition. Dr. Bazinet sits on several editorial boards and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids as well as a Senior Associate Editor of Lipids. The overall goal of Dr. Bazinet’s research program is to identify the mechanisms that regulate brain lipid metabolism (signaling) and to identify the role of brain lipid metabolism in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Bazinet has published over 130 papers, largely in the field of brain fatty acid metabolism and is co-author of the joint WHO/FAO joint expert consultation on dietary fats and the central nervous system during aging and disease. Dr. Bazinet is currently the president of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL).