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Supporting our brain health as we age through diet and exercise: introducing the Brain Health Food Guide and the LEAD study


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Guylaine Ferland, Laura Middleton



Guylaine Ferland, PhD (Université de Montréal) 
Laura Middleton, PhD (University of Waterloo)


Prevention of dementia is a key objective of the National Dementia Strategy as the prevalence of dementia is expected to rise due to the aging of the Canadian population. Exercise and healthy diet are strongly associated with reduced dementia risk in cross sectional and longitudinal studies, although evidence from intervention studies is more limited. This webinar will introduce the Brain Health Food Guide, an evidence-based approach to healthy eating for healthy brain aging that was developed by a group of Canadian researchers from the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging. The webinar will also discuss the LEAD trial, which is a virtual, factorial RCT that examines the independent and combined effects of multicomponent exercise and a brain healthy diet (guided by the Brain Health Food Guide) on executive function among a group at high risk for dementia.
Dr Guylaine Ferland will introduce the Brain Health Food Guide and discuss the stages of its conception and development.
Dr Laura Middleton will present the rationale and methodology of the LEAD trial.


Moderator: Mélanie Plourde, PhD (Université de Sherbrooke)


Guylaine Ferland is a professor of nutrition at Université de Montréal and scientist at the Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre. She is an expert in vitamin K metabolism and her team has made significant contributions to the role of this nutrient in brain function and cognition. In addition to her work in vitamin K, Dr. Ferland conducts research on the general role of nutrition in cognitive health during aging. In recent years she has been PI of the CIHR-funded NutCog Study, a Quebec cohort study aimed at better understanding the modulatory role of nutrition and metabolic states in cognitive aging. She is currently the lead of the Nutrition, Exercise and Lifestyle team of the Canadian Consortium in Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Dr. Ferland’s research activities include both animal models and human studies and are currently supported by CIHR and CCNA. She was president of the Canadian Nutrition Society in 2019-2021.

Laura Middleton is an Associate Professor and the Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia & Active Living in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, University of Waterloo and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. Her research aims to identify strategies to promote health, wellbeing, and function of those living with, or at risk for, dementia. She focuses on the role of physical activity, healthy eating, and social engagement and support, recognizing their broad impact on physical, social, and mental wellbeing. Her research takes a participatory approach, integrating the expertise and perspectives of people living with dementia, care partners, health care professionals, community service providers, and other community members as partners to create accessible and effective programs and supports. Recent projects aim to equip community service providers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support people living with dementia in their wellness programs and services. She is the co-lead of the Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network.

Original Source: "CNS Education Webinars" Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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Last Updated: January 17, 2024

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