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The evolution of sports nutrition: insights for active living

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Join Professor Justin Roberts for an evening exploring sports nutrition

Please join us for the talk from 6pm, with a drinks reception from 7pm.

The evolution of sports nutrition: insights for active living

Join us for Professor Justin Roberts’ Inaugural Professorial lecture in which he will take a look at the evolution of sports nutrition, and how the concept of nutritional physiology has played a key role in advancing physical performance. Along this journey, Professor Roberts will share insights from his own research supporting mainstream sports nutrition brands.

With so much current interest in the importance of active living and longevity, Justin will also consider the overlap between sports nutrition and healthy aging. The very nutritional aspects many athletes consider to be routine or part of their training or performance strategy might equally have validity for older individuals to live a functionally healthy life.

From carbohydrates to proteins, from creatine to green tea, the lessons we can learn from sports nutrition may have valuable insights for everyone. At the end of the journey, Professor Roberts will take a glimpse into the future to consider where the area of nutritional physiology for functional health is going.


Justin is a Professor of Nutritional Physiology applied to exercise and functional health within the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He is a BANT Registered Nutritionist (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine), current Editor-in-Chief for the Nutrition Evidence Database (NED), and Chair of the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC). He is also Senior Team Lead for Muscle, Performance and Recovery research within Medical and Nutritional Sciences for Danone Global Research & Innovation, Netherlands.

His academic research focuses on nutritional strategies to promote fat oxidation, metabolic flexibility and adaptive recovery in relation to exercise, including polyphenol phytonutrients and protein-targeted approaches. He has a current interest in ‘calorie-restriction-mimetic’ nutrients which may support active aging and longevity, and has been actively inspired by the Blue Zones Diet and nutritional strategies to enhance functional longevity.

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