Joint BIO/EPI Seminar Series

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  • Date:
    Mar 08 2013
    01:00pm to 02:00pm
    Arnold House, Room 321

    “Role of vitamin D in inflammation and depression among people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection”
    Abstract: Low vitamin D level has been observed in people infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. In recent studies, low level of vitamin D was associated with faster disease progression among HIV-infected people. In populations other than HIV-positive people, vitamin D deficiency has been reported as a risk factor for high level of inflammation and depression. Together with Vitamin D deficiency, high levels of inflammation as well as depression are common among HIV-positive people. However, little is known about the role of vitamin D on these clinical conditions. This seminar will focus the cross-sectional study finding on the relationship between serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) and cross-sectional as well as longitudinal study  finding on the relationship between serum concentrations of 25[OH]D and depression in a cohort of 320 HIV-positive people in Nepal. The field-based survey was done to collect the required information on socio-demographic, life-style, and mental health and to measure the anthropometric parameters at baseline and follow-up survey. Fasting blood samples were processed for immunological, lipids, glucose, inflammation, and micronutrient markers evaluations.

    Refreshments will be served.

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