The 15th episode of the Vitamin D Council Podcast has arrived! You can listen to all previous episodes here.
Here are the show notes for this episode:
In today’s episode, Dr. John Cannell interviews Professor Prue Hart, a Principal Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia. Professor Hart runs an NHMRC-funded trial of UVB phototherapy for individuals with their first demyelinating disease, an early form of multiple sclerosis.
Professor Hart’s research interests include cellular immunology and inflammation control. She spent 20 years investigating the mechanisms by which UV radiation and vitamin D are immunomodulatory (by both similar and different mechanisms).
Now, she leads a complementary research program studying the effects of UV radiation on myeloid progenitor cells in bone marrow. She is also a co-editor of a themed issue in the journal, Photochemical and Biological Sciences. This journal issue includes 15 authors’ perspectives on their area of expertise regarding the major mechanisms by which UV radiation and/or vitamin D can have beneficial effects on health. Professor Hart has published 153 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 invited editorials, 20 invited reviews and 6 book chapters.
In this episode, Dr. Cannell and Professor Hart discuss her research on light therapy for the treatment of early onset multiple sclerosis (MS) and the importance of vitamin D supplementation for managing MS. They also explore additional health benefits of safe sun exposure, beyond vitamin D production.