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“Nutrition and cognitive development in children”

Online – 4th October, 2022 / 10:00 11:30 CEST


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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: The food we eat can influence our brain functioning, and perhaps even more, can influence the development of the child brain. The way nutrition might affect the brain is by influencing the microbes in the gut and the immune system. The gut microbes respond by producing specific metabolites. Some of them can be found in breath, as they are carried by blood into the lungs and exhaled. Bacteria rapidly colonize the infant gut after birth. These bacteria become part of a relatively stable ecosystem that has an important role in child health and growth. There is increasing evidence that these bacteria also impact the child's brain, hence affecting child behavior and cognition.

Prof. dr. Carolina de Weerth will present the multifarious role of gut bacteria on child health and growth, but also cognitive development.

Prof. dr. Esther Aarts will show evidence of the body-brain links and what they mean for a healthy diet.

Finally, Dr. Simona Cristescu will introduce a non-invasive technique that allows detection of specific biomarkers in exhaled breath, such as the short chain fatty acids that may be useful in predicting the nutritional status.








Gut microbiota and child development

Prof. Dr. Carolina de Weerth

Radboud University Medical Center

25’ + 5’ Q&A

Nutritional Neuroscience: the importance of the gut-brain axis throughout the lifespan


Prof. Dr. Esther Aarts

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

25’ + 5’ Q&A

Breathomics in relation to nutritional status


Dr. Simona Cristescu

Life Science Trace Detection  Laboratory,

Radboud University

15’ + 5’ Q&A


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NUTRISHIELD aims at creating a personalised platform for the young. The platform will consist of novel methods & techniques, which analyse a wide range of biomarkers related to nutrition and health disorders.