Multidisciplinary studies support the concept that nutrition during the first 1000 days post-conception has a sustained effect on brain function into adulthood. The vulnerability of the young brain to nutrient perturbations stems from its enormous requirement for metabolic substrates to support rapid growth and development. The consequences of the failure to “build the brain correctly” in this time frame may contribute to long term neurobehavioral dysfunction or cognitive decline with aging. Thus, proper maternal and child nutrition during this time frame constitutes an “investment in society” going forward. This session will review the range of scientific evidence - epigenetics, epidemiology, mechanistic biology, and clinical interventions - that may provide a plausible biological argument connecting early-life nutrition with brain function across the lifespan, including later life neurocognitive performance. The session ends with a panel discussion with the audience to identify clinical applications, gaps and next steps in the research process to address these gaps.
Breakfast will be available for sponsored satellite program attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis.