Virtual Talk: Food for thought: How does diet impact brain health?
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Dr Emma Lea and Dr Maree Farrow join us via Zoom to explore the connection between diet and brain health.
Did you know that around 40% of cases of dementia can potentially be prevented?
Your diet can have a major role in many dementia risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Evidence suggests that dietary patterns like the Mediterranean diet provide a range of health benefits, including in relation to cognitive function.
Come along to this online session to hear about some of the research in this area and explore what dietary changes you might be able to make to reduce your risk of dementia. Dr Emma Lea and Dr Maree Farrow will also share some of the research being undertaken and the educational opportunities offered by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania.
Free online event – everyone welcome!
About Dr Emma Lea
Dr Emma Lea is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania. Emma has a PhD in public health nutrition from the University of Adelaide and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Deakin University (Melbourne). Emma has extensive experience in ageing and dementia research in residential aged care and other settings, particularly around building aged care workforce capacity to translate research evidence into practice. She teaches a variety of units in the Wicking Centre’s undergraduate and postgraduate dementia programs.
About Dr Maree Farrow
Dr Maree Farrow is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead for the Preventing Dementia MOOC at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania. Maree has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from Swinburne University and has worked in dementia research and education since 2007. Her research has focused on risk reduction, timely diagnosis and early intervention for cognitive impairment. Maree has a special interest in development and evaluation of evidence-based dementia risk reduction resources, especially online or eHealth tools, for accessible use in the community. She teaches into the public health stream in the Wicking Centre’s postgraduate dementia program.
About the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Dementia has a profound impact on individuals, families and communities, posing significant challenges to quality of life. The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania is unique in Australia as an integrated dementia centre that is active across a range of disciplines, seeking to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
Projects are being carried out in Tasmania and nationally across research fields such as neuroscience, medicine, nursing, psychology and sociology, health, economics and policy. The Wicking Centre also offers educational programs such as free Massive Open Online Courses to build knowledge and understanding of dementia within the community.
Health and Wellbeing
This event is part of a new SMSA Series for 2022 called Health and Wellbeing, focusing on physical and mental health.
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