At Abbott Nutrition, we are committed to scientific leadership in the emerging field of cognition and nutrition in discovering ways that nutrition can enhance brain structure and physiology, cognitive development, and learning and memory across the lifespan. Understanding how the right nutrition at the right time is critical to cognitive development early in life and protecting or enhancing cognition in later years.
Brain development occurs at a remarkable pace in the fetus and through early childhood. An infant’s brain triples in weight during the first 3 years of life. With aging, a rising prevalence of dementia in older populations is expected to reach 115 million people worldwide in 2050. The 114th Abbott Nutrition Research Conference explored nutrition and exercise interventions to support cognitive development in early life and help limit cognitive decline and impairment in later years. The 114th research conference convened with global experts representing eight research universities and three continents.
We hope the enduring materials from this research conference benefit your healthcare practice to enhance cognitive development in the early years and also protect cognitive function through the lifespan as important strategies to maintain quality of life.
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