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Anne-Marie Minihane

Professor of Nutrigenetics, Head of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine and Director of Norwich Institute of Healthy Ageing (NIHA)


Her research explores the link between healthier eating and preventing brain disease.







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Anne-Marie Minihane is Professor of Nutrigenetics and Head of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine in the Norwich Medical School at UEA. She is also the Director of Norwich Institute of Healthy Ageing (NIHA). Her research explores the link between healthier eating and preventing brain disease – with particular interest in the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and Mediterranean-style diets. She is exploring the link between food, brain cognition and Alzheimer’s disease. She is working on a pilot study of the brain health benefits of omega-3 rich diets across the UK and a project with the University of Illinois on medicinal foods to reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk. Alongside this she has been exploring Apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4) as a prevalent genetic risk factor for heart disease and for Alzheimer’s Disease. Anne-Marie’s early career research was into diet and heart disease.

She is a member of the British Nutrition Society, the American Society of Nutrition, the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) and the Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO). She is Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Nutrition and of the Journal of Nutritional Sciences. She has studied in Ireland and worked at the Auckland Medical School in New Zealand.

Areas of Expertise

Healthy EatingNutrigeneticsHeart DiseaseNutritionPreventitive Medicine


Institute of Food Research and National Universities of Ireland

Ph.D., Nutrition, Iron Metabolism


University College Cork

B.Sc., Nutrition and Biochemistry


Media Appearances

Episode 5: Maintaining health and wellbeing during lockdown

Eastern Arc  online


Professor Anne Marie Minihane (UEA), Dr Valerie Gladwell (Essex) and Dr Glen Davison (Kent) discuss what we mean by wellbeing, how lockdown has impacted on it, and what we can do to keep healthy and well in the current situation.

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Coronavirus: Should I worry about my lockdown eating?

BBC News  online


"The best I could equate it to is what happens to us during holiday periods, when we kind of throw caution to the wind and think: 'It's holiday time,'" says Prof Anne-Marie Minihane, from Norwich Medical School, and the study's lead on nutrition and eating behaviour.

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Volunteers from Norfolk wanted for study into whether Mediterranean diet could prevent dementia

Fakenham & Wells Times  online


Prof Anne-Marie Minihane, from Norwich Medical School, is leading part of a clinical trial, known as the Med-Ex Feasibility Study. The six-month trial is designed to encourage people with a higher risk of heart disease to adopt a Mediterranean-style diet and take more exercise.

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Small fish oil doses enough to lower blood pressure: RCT  online


Even the smallest amounts of fish oil can reduce blood pressure (BP), but only in those who have a history of hypertension, a study has determined.

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Efficacy of lifestyle and psychosocial interventions in reducing cognitive decline in older people: Systematic review | Ageing Research Reviews


It is unclear what non-pharmacological interventions to prevent cognitive decline should comprise. We systematically reviewed lifestyle and psychosocial interventions that aimed to reduce cognitive decline in healthy people aged 50+, and people of any age with Subjective Cognitive Decline or Mild Cognitive Impairment.

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Can nutrition support healthy cognitive ageing and reduce dementia risk? | BMJ


Around 50 million people worldwide have dementia, the main form of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a major cause of disability and dependency in older adults and, owing to expanding and ageing populations, its prevalence is expected to almost triple by 2050.

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NuBrain: UK consortium for optimal nutrition for healthy brain ageing | Nutrition Bulletin


With an ageing global population, there is an urgent need to identify effective strategies to maintain brain health across the life course and therein minimise the risk of age‐related neurodegenerative disorders reaching a severe stage which may manifest as dementia.

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Functional connectivity between the entorhinal and posterior cingulate cortices underpins navigation discrepancies in at-risk Alzheimer's disease | Neurobiology of Aging


Navigation processes that are selectively mediated by functional activity in the entorhinal cortex may be a marker of preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we tested if a short path integration paradigm can detect the strongest genetic-risk phenotype of AD in large sample of apolipoprotein E (APOE)-genotyped individuals.

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Mediterranean Diet Increases Endothelial Function in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials | Journal of Nutrition


The endothelium plays a key role in the maintenance of vascular health and represents a potential physiological target for dietary and other lifestyle interventions designed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) including stroke or coronary heart disease.

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