Nutrition for the ageing brain with Stephen Cunnane PhD

This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Dr Stephen Cunnane all about his research on optimal fuel sources for the brain
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This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Dr Stephen Cunnane all about his research on the brain, what is important regarding nutrients, the importance of ketones as a fuel source for the brain, what we need to think about as we age (for the brain) and his research on medium chain triglycerides and their usefulness in cognitive decline and potential application for neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

Professor Stephen Cunnane is a metabolic physiologist at the University of Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He is the author of five books, including” Survival of the Fattest: The Key to Human Brain Evolution,” which was published in 2005, and “Human Brain Evolution: Influence of Fresh and Coastal Food Resources,” which was published in 2010.

He earned his Ph.D. in Physiology at McGill University in 1980 and did post-doctoral research on nutrition and brain development in Aberdeen, Scotland, London, and Nova Scotia. From 1986 to 2003, he was a faculty member in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto where his research focused on the role of omega-3 fatty acids in brain development and human health. He also did research on the relation between ketones and a high-fat ketogenic diet on brain development.


In 2003, Professor Cunnane was awarded a senior Canada Research Chair at the Research Center on Aging and became a full professor at the University of Sherbrooke. He has published more than 280 peer-reviewed research papers and was elected to the French National Academy of Medicine in 2009.


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