Focus on the Brain

11:30am – 1:00pm / Wednesday February 5th

Speakers will include a prominent researcher in the field of  depression, an expert on the role of omega-3s in psychiatric disorders and cognitive health and the co-author of a study on how omega-3s can impact control over aggression.

Omega-3s, Neural Networks and Mental Health

Dr. Robert McNamara, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

A body of evidence has implicated dietary deficiency in omega-3s in the pathophysiology and etiology of common psychiatric conditions, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. McNamara will provide an overview of recent neuroimaging findings that suggest that omega-3 deficiency may contribute to mental health problems by reducing connectivity in neural networks that regulate emotions.

ISNPR Practice Guidelines for Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Depression

Dr. Kuan-Pin Su, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Depression is a growing concern in countries around the world. Dr. Su will review the clinical research investigating the benefits of omega-3s for major depressive disorder as well as provide an update on the Practice Guidelines for Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder from the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research.  

Omega-3s and Aggression Control

Dr. Philippe Arvers, MD, PhD, University of Grenoble-Alpes 

Experimental studies demonstrating a role for omega-3s in behavioral control in the general population are scarce. In this presentation, Dr. Philippe Arvers, a clinician with profound experience in public health and behavioral psychology, will present work published in the journal Psychiatry Research, which suggests a role for omega-3 intake and control over physical aggression.


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