Alex Richardson is best known for her research into how nutrition (and particularly fatty acids) can affect behaviour, learning and mood. She is also involved in several large-scale collaborative programmes that include studies of epidemiology, genetics, brain imaging, biochemistry and nutrition, as well as physiological and psychological functioning.
Her primary research interests include:
Her current research centres on the role of fatty acids in relation to both normal individual differences and developmental and psychiatric disorders such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism, depression and schizophrenia. Recent and ongoing work includes treatment trials to investigate the effects of dietary supplementation with fatty acids in relation to features of these conditions (most recently, the DOLAB study), experimental studies of possible underlying mechanisms, and collaborative investigations of the epidemiology and genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Alex’s research has always been aimed at developing new methods of identification and management that will have real practical benefit. She therefore works closely with a range of education and health practitioners as well as local and national support groups and charities. In addition to her role as a founder director of FAB Research (www.fabresearch.org), she also helped to found the Dyslexia Research Trust, was a co-opted Trustee and Scientific Advisor to the Dyspraxia Foundation, serves on the Biomedical Research Committee of Autism Unravelled and the Autism Treatment Trust, and liaises closely with the Hyperactive Children's Support Group, among others.
She is a regular speaker at national and international research meetings and has more than 80 research publications in peer-reviewed journals and academic books. She originally trained as a teacher, and she is frequently invited to give lectures and talks to health and education professionals, support groups, charities and other organisations. Her work has received substantial media coverage in recent years, and she has given numerous interviews for the press, radio and TV both in the UK and abroad.
In 2007, Alex Richardson presented her research and recommendations before a Select Committee at the House of Lords under the chairmanship of Lord Rea.
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