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The Institute for Food Brain and Behaviour launched the Henry Kitchener Prize in 2014, in memory of Henry, 3rd Earl Kitchener, trustee of the Institute and its predecessor organisations. Henry was an early pioneer in engaging with the scientific evidence that nutrition affects behaviour. We want to encourage young scientists to explore how scientific research in this area might help solve practical problems.

2018 Prize

The 2018 prize has now been launched, and the deadline for essays to be submitted is 12 noon on Monday, 19th March 2018.

This year the prize is a 1500 word essay and is open to students up to the age of 18 studying in the UK and Ireland.

The question to be addressed is “The modern Western diet overfeeds the body, but undernourishes the brain. Discuss.”

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Past Questions



2014 – Junior Prize Question: “How does what we eat affect our brains?

2014 – Senior Prize Question: “How has the modern diet contributed to the increase in mental ill-health?

2015 – Both prizes answered the same question: “In the light of how our diet has changed over the last century, how does nutrition affect the developing brain?


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