Special Issue "Nutrition for Brain Development and Repair"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Stephane V. Sizonenko
Guest Editor
Division of Child Growth & Development, Department of Pediatrics, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Interests: nutrition; brain; neurodevelopment; developmental brain injury; neuroprotection

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nutrients are a prerequisite for the growth and development of any organism and of major importance for brain development. During phases of rapid growth, the availability of nutrients may influence the endogenous building processes and limit the growth potential and the harmonious development of the fetus. Fetuses, newborns, and infants exposed to poor nutritional support are at high risk for neurodevelopmental deficits. Animal models of malnutrition or injury during the vulnerable period of brain development lead to a reduction in brain cells, myelin production, and number of synapses, in addition to alterations in neurotransmitter systems that are linked to neurobehavioral alterations.

Further, nutrients can potentially play an active neuroprotective role on developmental brain injury. Nutrients with specific direct or indirect activities such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neurotrophin expression could reduce induced brain damage. As a general neuroprotective strategy, the optimization of protein, fatty acids, and energy intake during gestation and after birth is the most important step toward this goal, but the addition of specific active nutrients can further reduce damage by specifically targeting injury and/or repair.

The aim of this Special Issue is to put together high-quality research, clinical or experimental, that looks for the effects of lack or altered nutrition during prenatal and postnatal brain development, but also for neuroprotection conferred by specific nutrients.

Dr. Stephane V. Sizonenko
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nutrition
  • brain
  • neurodevelopment
  • developmental brain injury
  • neuroprotection

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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