1 day to go! NIU’s Cognitive Health Online Summit to lifestages, market dynamics and key ingredients

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1 day to go! NIU’s Cognitive Health Online Summit to lifestages, market dynamics and key ingredients

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How does Abbott Nutrition design cognitive health products for key lifestages? Where are the knowledge gaps for omega-3s and brain health? How much science is there behind the main ingredients? And how is the market performing? 

Find out at the LIVE online NutraIngredients-USA Cognitive Health Online Event​ on September 2 and your questions answered by experts from industry and academia on the  key trends and areas of opportunity in the booming cognitive health market.

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Start time: 11.30am EST

The event features three webinar moderated by our award-winning editorial team, and a panel discussion on Omega-3s and brain health: Filling the knowledge gaps, ​moderated by Senior Editor, Stephen Daniells.

The program includes:

Designing cognitive health products for key lifestage​s:​ Matthew Kuchan, PhD, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Discovery Research, Abbott Nutrition


Matt is a senior discovery scientist and the global lead for Abbott’s partnership with the Center for Nutrition Learning and Memory (CNLM) at the University of Illinois. He drives scientific discovery and research on the impact of nutrition on cognition and memory. He manages a global team of cognition scientists and professors who are studying various nutrients, nutritional compounds and their benefits.

The gut brain axis: How do probiotics and prebiotics affect cognitive function and behavior​? Dr Paul Forsythe, Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at the McMaster Brain-Body Institute, McMaster University


Dr Forsythe has a strong interest in neural regulation of immunity, which he pursued during his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast and Post-Doctoral studies at the University of Alberta. His current research explores the neuro-immuno-endocrine super-system in the context of the holobiont, with a particular focus on identifying mechanisms underlying the influence of gut microbes, and their products, on the development and progression of diverse pathophysiological responses such as allergy, inflammation and mood disorders.

Round-table: Omega-3s and brain health: Filling the knowledge gaps

Scott Minton MS, PhD, Scientific Advisor, Nordic Naturals


Dr Minton has over a decade of experience as a biology professor, and has worked as a clinical and laboratory researcher, and in recent years, as a nutrition consultant. Dr Minton earned both a master’s degree and PhD in Resource Ecology from the University of Michigan, and was a tenured Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences at Vanguard University.

Dr Richard Bazinet, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto


Dr Bazinet completed his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Cunnane at the University of Toronto in 2003, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Stanley Rapoport’s Brain Physiology and Metabolism Section at the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health.
Dr Bazinet joined the University of Toronto in 2006, where he is currently an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Brain Lipid Metabolism.

Harry Rice, PhD, VP of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, GOED


Dr Rice has worked in the ingredient, dietary supplement, functional food and consumer packaged goods industries for over ten years. Among his responsibilities for GOED include: monitoring and reporting on regulatory issues, developing written comments and oral testimony to domestic and international government bodies to advance industry positions on critical health issues, and providing scientific analysis on the growing body of scientific literature.

The event will also feature webinars presented by our sponsors:

Gold Sponsor


Sabinsa​: A manufacturer, supplier and marketer of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals, dietary supplements and specialty fine chemicals for the nutritional, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries. Sabinsa’s IP portfolio consists of over 95 issued US & International patents. Additionally, botanical cultivation efforts undertaken by Sabinsa now total nearly 40,000 acres to ensure sustainable supplies on its key products. All products intended for human consumption are certified Kosher and Halal.

Silver Sponsors


Virun​: A Nutra-BioSciences company formed in 2003 with an emphasis on safe and effective delivery technology. Virun has developed over 100 liquid and powdered concentrate variants that allow difficult-to-dissolve, fortifiable ingredients into food, beverage and supplement applications that are associated with efficacious health claims, such as cardiovascular health, energy and cognitive function. 


Verdure Sciences​: Verdure Sciences manages ingredient innovation throughout the integration of supply network, production and research platforms. The company’s Longvida curcumin ingredient was developed in collaboration with UCLA neuroscientists. Longvida’s potential brain benefits are supported by preclinical and clinical trials

Bronze Sponsors


Kemin​: Kemin's Human Nutrition and Health division develops high quality science-based ingredients with healthful benefits for the dietary supplement and functional food and beverage markets. Kemin’s Neumentix ingredient is a proprietary phenolic complex sourced from patent-pending, non-GMO lines of spearmint grown in the USA, which has been shown in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study to help support overall working memory. In addition to these chronic improvements, positive impacts on sleep were also observed.


PLT Health Solutions:​ A discoverer, developer, and marketer of high-quality, scientifically-supported ingredients that enhance health and functionality. As a leading ingredients innovator, PLT’s global network of strategic partnerships provides unique access to impactful solutions. By delivering a mix of expertise, resources, and service, PLT Health Solutions is committed to helping both its strategic partners and valued customers grow.



Cognizin:​ Manufactured by Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd, Cognizin is a proprietary form of citicoline, a potent brain-health nutrient backed by numerous clinical trials that support claims for improved focus, attention and recall. Developed using a patented fermentation process, Cognizin is an ultra-pure, vegetarian, allergen-free, non-stimulant GRAS ingredient that is stable and effective.


Magtein:​ The only form of magnesium shown to effectively cross the blood brain barrier. Four published research studies in prestigious journals demonstrated Magtein’s ability to improve short-term and long-term memory, recognition and learning. The magnesium L-threonate ingredient is produced by Magceutics and distributed by AIDP.

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