Professor Jeremy Spencer didn't set out to become a food scientist
13 April 2022
Professor Jeremy Spencer didn't set out to become a food scientist – his first degree was in biochemistry. However, an interest in the way that diseases affect the brain led him into the varied field of food science. Jeremy's multi-disciplinary approach would prove invaluable.
"One of my main interests in coming to Reading was I wanted to link up the nutrition with the psychology at Reading, so be able to study in a clinical trial design, the impact of diet and the impact of nutrients on brain health predominantly. That's been pretty successful.
Jeremy's special interest – one of the things which made him interested in an academic career – was understanding and tackling the relationship between diet, disease and the health of the human brain. Jeremy's research into diet and cognition gathered information which allowed us to understand some of the issues much more clearly – and has laid the groundwork for solving some of the world's serious health problems.
"We've had great success in bringing about an extension of life and the number of years you live, but that doesn't mean you're going to be living all those years free of disease. And with things like dementia, that's quite a debilitating disease, but it also has an impact socially on the rest of the family and society, and so it was really a desire to get into a more preventative strategy for healthcare which now seems like it is going to be the way forward."