Marc Molendijk received his
PhD (Cum Laude) in 2014 at the University of
Leiden (Leiden, the Netherlands). Marc has a
position as assistant professor at Leiden
University (the Netherlands), but currently he
is a visiting scholar at the Department of
Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the
University of Navarra Medical School
(Pamplona, Spain). During his stay in Pamplona
he will investigate, under the guidance of
professor Miguel Angel
Martínez-González, the role of
diet on the incidence of mental disorders in
the Seguimento Universidad de Navarra cohort.
Marc is a specialist in the neurobiology of
depression and author of more than 25
scientific articles and a book on this topic.
His current research interests include the
neurobiology of depression and the relation
between mental health, ageing, and nutrition.
Nutrition and Mental Health
scientific studies suggest the existence of
associations between diet and mental health
(e.g., Sarris et al., 2015). Within our
symposium we want to evaluate the current
evidence for this link, explore future
progress and what is needed for a translation
of the knowledge into clinical utility.
The symposium will start with an overview of
the association between the adherence to a
Mediterranean dietary pattern, micronutrient
intake adequacy and depression risk. A
presentation about the effects of added sugar
intake and fast-food on depression incidence
will follow. Next, the ongoing work of the
European consortium MOOD-FOOD -- on the
relation between dietary quality and the
prevention of depression -- will be presented.
A presentation on the topic of how a
Mediterranean lifestyle can serve as an
intervention in euthymic bipolar disorder will
follow. A final discussion will balance and
close the meeting.