Joyce C. McCann, Ph.D.

Speaker's Bio Picture Joyce C McCann, PhD is an Associate Staff Scientist in Bruce Ames’ Nutrition and Metabolism Center at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). Recent research interests include effects of poor micronutrient availability during development on cognition. Currently, she and Dr. Bruce Ames are testing his new “triage theory” that explains why the body protects some functions against micronutrient deficiency at the expense of others, leading to diseases of aging, such as cancer, heart disease, and dementia.

Selected publications on micronutrients:
McCann JC, Ames BN. 2009. Vitamin K, an example of triage theory: is micronutrient inadequacy linked to diseases of aging? Am J Clin Nutr 90:889-907
McCann JC, Ames BN. 2008. Is there convincing biological or behavioral evidence linking vitamin D deficiency to brain dysfunction? Faseb J 22:982-1001
McCann JC, Ames BN. 2007. DHA and cognitive development: An update on the science. Pediatric Basics Number 117; Volume 2007:16-22
McCann JC, Ames BN. 2007. An overview of evidence for a causal relation between iron deficiency during development and deficits in cognitive or behavioral function. Am J Clin Nutr 85:931-45
McCann JC, Hudes M, Ames BN. 2006. An overview of evidence for a causal relationship between dietary availability of choline during development and cognitive function in offspring. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 30:696-712
McCann JC, Ames BN. 2005. Is docosahexaenoic acid, an n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid, required for development of normal brain function? An overview of evidence from cognitive and behavioral tests in humans and animals. Am J Clin Nutr 82:281-95