Adjunct Professor of Nutrition (specialized in Psychiatric Disorders), Ph.D., Registered Dietitian Anu Ruusunen works as a clinical lecturer in the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, School of Medicine of the University of Eastern Finland. “My research interest relates to the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of mental disorders: how what we eat affects our mental health and whether nutrition can affect the mental and physical health of a person with mental disorders”, summarizes Anu.
Anu is involved in the Nutritional Epidemiology research group of the University of Eastern Finland, the Food for the Mind research group, and the research group of the Department of Psychiatry at Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) and the Endocrinology and Eating Disorders in Diabetes research group at the KUH Clinical Nutrition Polyclinic. Anu works as a part-time dietitian in patient work and research at the Department of Psychiatry at Kuopio University Hospital. Anu’s research career also includes a postdoctoral research fellowship at Deakin University in Australia. She remains as a member of the Food & Mood Centre’s research group and works as a supervisor of PhD candidates at Deakin.
“Nutritional science and therapy provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research and multidisciplinary approach in both research and patient work,” Anu describes. “Alongside causative thinking, the impact of nutrition and eating on mental health and well-being is an interesting topic of research in this societal situation and I am happy to participate in this discussion as part of the Kuopio Brain & Mind network of Neurocenter Finland.”
Nutritional Epidemiology research group: https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/group/nutritional-epidemiology-research-group/
Kuopio Brain & Mind is part of a nation-wide Neurocenter Finland researcher network. For more information, please visit www.neurocenterfinland.fi