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‘Power Foods for the Brain' author to speak Friday; part of University Speakers Series

September 11, 2013

Dr. Neal Barnard, founder and president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, will present "Power Foods for the Brain" at 7 p.m. Friday at Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium.

Barnard will explain the latest research on foods and the brain; how diet changes can protect the brain from memory loss, stroke and Alzheimer's disease. The event is part of the 2013-14 University Speakers Series and is free and open to the public.

For more than a decade, Barnard's work has been on the forefront of diet and health in the United States. His research has influenced dietary interventions for diabetes and the effects of diet and weight loss specifically for women. His most recent book, "Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory," shows readers how food can optimize brain function and even dramatically reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

"Simple changes to your diet and exercise can help you be at your best when you're young and help prevent memory problems when you're older. ‘Power Foods for the Brain' shows you how, step by step. This is an immensely practical and important book," said Dean Ornish, M.D., founder and president of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute, in an editorial review of Barnard's book.

Barnard earned his M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine. Renowned for his expertise on diet and nutrition, Barnard appeared in the 2011 documentary "Forks over Knives" and the 2004 documentary "Super Size Me." He advocates for healthier school lunches, vegetarian and vegan diets and foods with a low glycemic index. He has published his research on these topics and more in several academic journals, including "Diabetes Care," the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition", "Lancet Oncology" and the "American Journal of Cardiology." Currently, Barnard is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, a life member of the American Medical Association, and a member of the American Diabetes Association.

Barnard's appearance is co-sponsored by the Maple Center for Integrative Health. The Maple Center will present a daylong seminar featuring Barnard and Dr. Laurie Mischley, author of "Natural Therapies for Parkinson's Disease" at University Hall on the Indiana State campus.