Brain food for babies

Freeman, D. J. and Meyer, B. J. (2017) Brain food for babies. Biochemist, 39(1), pp. 26-29.

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How does a mother supply a key building block of the brain required for neurodevelopment to her fetus in pregnancy? The critical requirement of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for fetal brain development, and the poor efficiency of its synthesis in humans, is a tricky metabolic problem to be overcome in pregnant women. Supplying this unique fatty acid to the fetus requires exquisite specificity and timing, processes that can unravel in disease conditions such as pre-eclampsia.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Freeman, Dr Dilys
Authors: Freeman, D. J., and Meyer, B. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
Journal Name:Biochemist
Publisher:Biochemical Society
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Biochemical Society
First Published:First published in Biochemist 39(1):26-29
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
366741Adipocyte lipolysis as a candidate pathway in the pathogenesis of pre-eclampsiaNaveed SattarBritish Heart Foundation (BHF)PG/03/147/16351RI CARDIOVASCULAR & MEDICAL SCIENCES
341641Are microparticles related to the increased expression of cardiovascular risk factors acquired in pre-eclampsia?Dilys FreemanBritish Heart Foundation (BHF)PG/02/167/14801MVLS MED -HUMAN NUTRITION
345561Is there a link between inflammation and insulin resistance in pre-eclampsia?Vanessa RodieScottish Executive Health Department (SEHHD-CSO)CZG/1/74SM - FORENSIC MEDICINE