Role: Research Fellow
Phone: 0191 227 4468
Room: NB 405
Philippa graduated from the University of Durham in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. She joinedÂ Northumbria UniversityÂ in 2005 as a research assistant where she worked on a number of varied projects including evaluations of the cognitive and mood effects of caffeine, Ginkgo biloba, Panax ginseng, glucose and multivitamins in healthy children and young and older adults. In 2010 she completed her PhD and has completed her first post doctoral project. Within the BPN Philippa is responsible for overseeing projects, ensuring they are run to GCP standards.
Her PhD thesis focused on evaluating the cognitive and mood effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) in healthy individuals. Her findings indicate that peripheral fatty acid levels (reflective of n-3 PUFA intake) are associated with performance on a number of cognitive tasks, however short-term (2-3 months) supplementation with fish oil has little observable benefit on cognitive function in school-aged children or young adults (18-35 yrs) who do not habitually consume oily fish. Utilising Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS), her final studies revealed that DHA-rich fish oil modulates cerebral haemodynamic response to cognitive tasks, which may have important implications as regards prophylactic treatment of age-related cerebral insufficiency. Her most recent post doc project examined the cognitive, well-being and cerebral haemodynamic effects of a supplement containing DHA and other vitamins and plant extracts in older adults (50-70 yrs).
Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
4th Floor, Northumberland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne