Senior Research Associate, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford; and Founder Director of the UK charity Food and Behaviour (FAB) Research
Alex Richardson is internationally known for her research into the role of nutrition – particularly omega-3 fatty acids - in brain development and function. Her 90+ publications include controlled treatment trials in both general and clinical populations, and the first such trials of dietary supplementation with omega-3 in ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and related neurodevelopmental conditions. With colleagues, she also published the earliest reports showing benefits of omega-3 supplementation in psychiatric and neurological disorders including depression and schizophrenia.
Her research is highly interdisciplinary, involving psychological, psychophysical, physiological and brain imaging as well as nutritional studies investigating biological and other mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders; and collaborative investigations into the epidemiology and genetics of both normal individual differences and psychological disorders.
Alex’s work has always aimed at developing new methods of identification and management that have real practical benefit. She therefore works closely with education and health practitioners as well as support groups and charities. Her book for parents and professionals, ‘They Are What You Feed Them’ explains how and why diet can affect behaviour, learning and mood, and offers practical advice based on scientific evidence. All author proceeds are dedicated to the FAB Research charity she founded in 2003, to promote and disseminate research findings on the behavioural effects of nutrition and diet.
Alex originally trained as a teacher, and her excellent communication skills and clear presentation style are such that she is frequently invited to speak to public and professional audiences in addition to presenting at national and international research meetings. Her work has received substantial media coverage, and she frequently contributes to press, radio and TV both in the UK and abroad.
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