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New Brain Nutrition is a consortium of 18 European medical
centers conducting ground-breaking research on the
connections between mental health, lifestyle, and nutrition.
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For Immediate Release: June 6, 2018 An
18-partner medical consortium will spend €11.1M
through 2022 studying how dietary components
(i.e. sugar, fat, protein content, vitamin and mineral
supplementation, probiotics) and lifestyle factors
(including exercise) influence people’s overall
health, brain function, and behavior.
The project is coordinated by Dr. Alejandro Arias-
Vásquez from the Radboud University Medical
Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
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Science has known for years how peoples’ diets
and lifestyle affect chronic health conditions such
as diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of
Researchers, however, are just beginning to learn
that nutrition and lifestyle affect the way the brain
Early research has shown evidence of a sizeable
impact - both harmful and protective - of nutrition
components on behaviours such as impulsivity and
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Further studies need to be conducted to
understand a) if specific nutrition interventions can
change behaviour, b) how big the effect is of these
non-pharmacological approaches, and c) how all
this works at the brain level.
The purpose of the consortium is to get answers to
these questions, and to share them through
various media with multiple audiences: the general
public, patients and their families, clinicians, the
food industry, and policy makers.
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These answers could have huge implications for
approaches to overall well-being and behavioural
problems associated with psychiatric diseases,
and suggest significant changes in the type of
food people eat.
New Brain Nutrition is the online branding for the
consortium, named Eat2BeNICE, which is funded
by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research
and innovation programme under grant
agreement No. 728018.
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The consortium has just launched its website and
branding as New Brain Nutrition
(http://newbrainnutrition.com) with free
information and education (blogs, videos, and
Arias-Vasquez also announced that New Brain
Nutrition will be offering free online courses for
both medical professionals and the public which
disseminate the research findings.
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New Brain Nutrition is using information on diet
and behavior from large European population
registries (with anonymous information) to identify
dietary components related to mental health and
New Brain Nutrition is also carrying out four
clinical trials in order to study the ability of
nutritional interventions in different age groups to
reduce impulsivity and compulsivity in extremely
impulsive males and females: 1.
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Restriction elimination diet (in children 5-12y); 2.
Broad-spectrum nutrient supplementation (in
adolescents and young adults 12-21y); 3.
Probiotics supplementation (in adults 18-65y); 4.
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The Mediterranean diet (in adults and elderly
An important innovative aspect of New Brain
Nutrition is the direct involvement of German TV
celebrity chef Sebastian Lege, who will translate
the project’s scientific findings into food solutions
for health and mental well-being.
Lege will generate free recipes and cooking
lessons, translated into multiple European
languages that everyone can use at home.
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Dr. Arias-Vasquez states, “New Brain Nutrition will
create new evidence-based approaches for
making recommendations about nutrition and its
links to changing behavior with non-
pharmacological solutions.” When people visit the
New Brain Nutrition website, they can leave their
name and email address (held in strict confidence
according to new GDPR regulations) to get
updates on blog posts, education, and research
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For press inquiries, contact: Alejandro Arias-
Vasquez, PhD Radboud University Medical Center
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
(0)24 361 67 22 OR Thomas Parkhill Press Officer
ECNP Utrecht, the Netherlands firstname.lastname@example.org +39
349 238 8191 For public inquiries, contact:
Thank you!Any questions?
Radboud University Medical Center