Building a Better Brain with Micronutrients:

The Evidence to Date

A FAB Research Live Webinar and Q&A session
- with Professor Julia Rucklidge, PhD
The video recording of this event - together with downloadable handouts - is available

Eat better, feel better. Could it be so simple?

  • Stress, overwhelm and 'burnout' are modern day epidemics. Can dietary changes alone improve mental resilience? And when might supplements help?
  • Can improving nutrition really help in managing conditions like anxiety, depression or ADHD?
  • How can parents, teachers and other professionals help young people make healthier food choices - and protect their own mental health and wellbeing?

Find out - how better nutrition could help

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Key topics discussed:

  • Why modern diets and lifestyles have increased the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances.
  • Essential nutrients are being stripped from the food supply. How can we reverse this and what changes do we need to implement in our farming and food production?
  • How a lack of key vitamins and minerals can impair brain development and function - and the implications of this for mental conditions like ADHD, anxiety, depression and dementia.
  • What controlled clinical trials have shown about the effects of multivitamin and mineral supplementation in children and adults with these kinds of conditions.
  • Evidence that better nutrition can strengthen mental resilience to stress in the general population.How a greater focus on improving nutrition and diet could transform current practice and deliver better outcomes in psychology, psychiatry, general medicine and public health.

The difference in diet can have a dramatic effect.

Professor Julia Rucklidge uses the honeybee to illustrate the power of food, in this clip from this event.

Included with this webinar:
Early Life & Nutritional Programming

This pocket-size factsheet is packed with useful information, explaining why good nutritional status of the mother, both before and during pregnancy, is vital to ensure the healthy development of a baby, particularly regarding brain health.

Hear from one of the world's leading experts in nutrition and mental health - Professor Julia Rucklidge, PhD.

Professor Julia Rucklidge, PhD

Professor Julia Rucklidge, a clinical psychologist, is the Director of Te Puna Toiora, the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab at the University of Canterbury.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, she completed her PhD at the University of Calgary in clinical psychology, a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, and then in 2000 she immigrated to New Zealand.

She is internationally renowned for her research and clinical trials on nutrients and mental illnesses, having published over 150 peer reviewed publications and given hundreds of talks around the world.

Julia is passionate about helping people find alternate treatments for psychological challenges like ADHD, depression and stress through translation of research to practice and making nutritional interventions mainstream by publicly advocating for healthy eating to optimise mental health.

Her 2014 TEDx Christchurch talk has been viewed over 5 million times; and her free online EdX course on Mental Health and Nutrition has been taken by over 70,000 students from 146 different countries. In 2021 she co-authored The Better Brain: Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression, and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition. Through these efforts, thousands of people have benefitted from nutritional interventions.

Julia is also the recipient of numerous local and international awards, including named as one of the top 100 influential women in New Zealand in 2015, 2018, and 2021, the Ballin Award in 2015 from the NZ Psychological Society, becoming a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine in 2023, and a Braveheart award in 2018 for her contribution to making Christchurch a better place to live.


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Professor Rucklidge discusses Clinical Micronutrient Therapy and the outcomes she has seen in her research.


Building a Better Brain with Micronutrients: The Evidence to Date

Join leading international researcher Professor Julia Rucklidge for presentation and discussion of the scientific evidence on how nutrition affects brain health - and its relevance for mental health, wellbeing and the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

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Who is this webinar for?

Anyone interested in brain health, and its links with nutrition

- for personal or professional reasons

• Individuals • Students & Researchers • Professionals • Policymakers

This webinar is designed to help anyone - whatever their background, education and training:

  • to understand how food and diet can affect behaviour and learning.
  • to find out more about the practical ways that nutrition can help to support better health, wellbeing and performance in people with a range of developmental conditions.
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What is FAB Research?

Food and Behaviour Research (FAB Research), established in 2003 by Dr Alex Richardson DPhil (Oxon), PGCE, FRSA, is a charitable organisation dedicated both to advancing scientific research into the links between nutrition and human behaviour and to making the findings from such research available to the widest possible audience. 

Our mission: We are committed to improving current knowledge and awareness of the effects of nutrition and diet on human behaviour, learning and mood. We aspire to be a leader of scientific research into how nutrition affects the human brain and mind, and an intellectual and strategic force for improving public education and professional practice in this domain.

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