Brain, performance and nutrition research centre


Prof David Kennedy

David Kennedy

Role: Director
Phone: 0191 2437720
Room: NB413a

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David is the Director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre and is Professor of Biological Psychology. His own PhD examined the cognitive and mood effects of administration of a range of herbal products. Since that time he has published a wide range of journal articles and book chapters covering research into the cognitive effects of herbal and dietary supplements, glucose, caffeine, and recreational drugs. Current teaching at Northumbria University includes Psychobiology at undergraduate level, and ‘Diet, Brain and Behaviour’ at MSc level (Nutrition and Psychological Sciences MSc).


Past and current research includes numerous studies that have ranged from fundamental investigations assessing the neurocognitive effects of glucose, through a huge portfolio of controlled trials unravelling the mechanisms, cognitive and mood effects of herbal extracts, nutraceuticals and food supplements, to a range of projects that have probed the psychopharmacology of commonly consumed everyday substances such as caffeine, alcohol and social drugs.

Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
4th Floor, Northumberland Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

t: 44 (0) 191 243 7252

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