The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia have announced they will provide Professor John McGrath $3.75 million over the next five years to study the link between vitamin D and schizophrenia.
The money will be spent to examine the relationship between vitamin D and childhood brain development, as well as later mental health and brain-related outcomes. The funded research will look at Brisbaine and international cohorts. And some of the money will help establish clinical trials.
John McGrath is a Professor at University of Queenland’s Brain Institute. Says University of Queensland President Pet Hoj, “[Professor McGrath is] an exemplar of UQ researchers whose work delivers strong benefits to individuals, families and society.”
McGrath has previously shown a link between vitamin D and schizophrenia. In a case-control study based on Danish neonatal blood, they found that low vitamin D at birth may increase risk of schizophrenia later in life.
“When Professor McGrath and his colleagues first began exploring the idea of a link between vitamin D and schizophrenia he was taking mental health research into unchartered territory,” Professor Bartlett, a colleague of McGrath’s, said. “It’s bold steps like this that keep UQ’s work at the forefront of brain research.”
UQ News. $3.75 million to support innovative mental health research. http://www.uq.edu.au/news/?article=26593, 2013