Louise Dye is the N8 Chair (http://n8agrifood.ac.uk/) and Professor of Nutrition and Behaviour in the University of Leeds Human Appetite Research Unit, based in the School of Psychology, University of Leeds. Following a PhD in Human Psychopharmacology, she has accumulated more than two decades of experience in the assessment of cognitive function following nutritional and pharmacological intervention.She has held MRC and Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellowships in the UK and Europe and an EU funded Marie Curie Professorial Fellowship in Jena, Germany. Professor Dye is a Chartered Health Psychologist and British Psychological Society member.
In her N8 role, she is interested in how to encourage and sustain dietary behaviour change at individual, organisational and societal levels, linking to global issues of food production/supply, inequality and health. Her particular expertise is the effects of food and food components on cognitive performance, digestive function and appetite control including in altered metabolic states such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, dementia as well as genetic disorders such as PKU and Cystic Fibrosis.
Louise has published a number of influential systematic reviews and meta analyses on the effects of breakfast on academic, cognitive and behavioural outcomes in children and adolescents, iron deficiency/supplementation and cognition in children and young women, and studies on the effects of different food components to maintain mental performance and prevent cognitive decline. She is Associate Editor of Nutritional Neuroscience and the European Journal of Nutrition and currently sits on the BBSRC Biosciences for Health strategic advisory board, and the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI).scientific advisory board and five of its expert groups, including natural ingredients for mental performance. She is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the FP7 project “PREVIEW” which is aimed at the prevention of type 2 diabetes. She is collaborating on a WUN project on diet and dementia in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa.