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University of Leeds Professor of Nutrition and Behaviour United Kingdom
What’s new in food supplements for brain and mental health?

Louise was awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds in 1989. Her Royal Society postdoctoral fellowship took her to the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany and she returned to Germany as a Marie Curie Professorial Fellow at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2002.  Louise is a Chartered Health Psychologist whose research focuses on the effects of nutrition (diet/food components) on cognitive function and decline, health and wellbeing. She was academic lead of the N8 Agrifood programme at University of Leeds and has developed a strong interest in how to encourage and sustain dietary behaviour change at individual, organisational and societal levels, linking to global issues of food production/supply, inequality and health in vulnerable populations e.g. children, ageing and food insecure people. Louise leads the Diet and Health priority area of the Global Food and Environment Institute at the University of Leeds. She chairs the BBSRC Strategic Advisory Panel for Biosciences for an Integrated Understanding of Health, served on the BBSRC Diet and Health Research Industry Club (DRINC) Steering Group and chaired the BBSRC Working Group on Neuroscience and Mental Health. Louise is past President of ILSI Europe and is current Co-Chair of ILSI Global. She is Associate Editor of Nutritional Neuroscience. She is leading a work package on increasing dietary fibre intake in low income consumers in the UKRI funded H3 project ( and is co-Chair of the health and wellbeing pillar of the Leeds Food Strategy for Leeds City Council.