Following the third meeting of the Aker BioMarine Science Board (ASB) in Ålesund, Norway, Aker BioMarine, after discussions with leading neuroscientists, aims to fund a study on the neuroprotective health effects of krill oil. ASB members, including Professor Philip Calder and Professor Vincenzo Di Marzo were joined by outside experts in neuroscience.
“Based on the intensive discussions with our four guest lecturers, the Board has recommended a clinical study on the effects of krill oil on stress, anxiety, well-being and memory function in middle-aged and older adults. A positive outcome of this research would be of significant importance for the general population,” says Vincenzo Di Marzo of the ASB.
During the meeting, Adina Michael-Titus, Professor at the Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma, Queen Mary University of London, England, presented evidence for the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids on post-traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries. Professor Kristinn Johnsen of Iceland explained noninvasive EEG techniques. Professor Alex Richardson from the University of Oxford, England, spoke about the role of omega-3 fatty acids on behavior, learning and mood in children, while Professor Paul Montgomery, also from the University of Oxford, England, revealed the impact of omega-3 fatty acids on stress and related problems.
ASB member Professor Philip Calder adds, "I am pleased to see that Aker BioMarine takes responsibility to invest in research on their product and wants to test the hypothesis that their omega-3 product (Superba krill oil) has positive effects on brain health. A study on stress and anxiety has potential to be a landmark study of general importance for generating trustful clinical data on krill oil and its effect on the central nervous system."
"I have found the discussions with the Aker BioMarine Antarctic Science Board both interesting and challenging and I would even see a potential for krill oil in spinal cord injury treatment due to its special combination of omega-3 fatty acids with phospholipids" says Professor Adina Michael-Titus.