On July 2nd 2014, during the H4H Annual Scientific Conference in Evian, the winner of the 2014 H4H Young Researcher Award was announced. It was the 3rd time the award was handed out.
The winner of the 2014 H4H Young Researcher of the Year award is Naiman Khan, PhD, RD. Dr. Khan is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is involved in several clinical trials investigating the effects of dietary factors, including water intake, on attention, academic performance, and memory.
Dr. Khan received the award for his great work studying the relation between cognitive function and hydration in pre-pubertal adolescence children. The results from his study indicated that children who had higher water intake exhibited greater attention, particularly during more difficult tasks.
The identification of water intake as a correlate of cognitive health has widespread potential for combating public health concerns related to cognitive and brain health in childhood.