Dr. Lina Begdache, Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Wellness Studies, Binghamton University, New York, visited FAFS (January 16) to deliver the lecture: The Cross-Talk Between Diet and Brain, in which she explored the relationship between diet and brain morphology and function across adult-age groups and gender. Begdache also discussed the diet as a potential first line of defense against mental health and cognitive decline, and analyzed the integration of diet and lifestyle factors that contribute to mental health and cognitive functions.
About the speaker:
Dr. Lina Begdache graduated from AUB (BS, Nutrition and Dietetics, 1991). She completed her Master’s in Nutrition Sciences at University of Buffalo (1998) and earned a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology with a Neuroscience concentration, graduating magna cum laude from Binghamton University (2008). A registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, a Certified Dietitian- Nutritionist, and a Certified Nutrition Specialist-Scholar, Dr. Begdache is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics where she is actively involved at the national, state, and district levels. Her research focuses on depicting and modeling the links between dietary factors and mental distress (anxiety and depression). She is also interested in other lifestyle factors (exercise, sleep, substance abuse, etc.) that associate with dietary intake and mental health, mental wellbeing and brain function. Dr. Begdache has a special interest in gender differences and age groups, as brain morphology differ across these groups.