The twelfth episode of the Vitamin D Council Podcast has arrived! You can listen to all previous episodes here.
We release one episode per month, each focused on a different area of research or theme related to vitamin D.
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Here are the show notes for this episode:
Today, Dr. Cannell interviews Sir Michael Berridge, a British physiologist and biochemist. He received his PhD from the University of Cambria where he focused on nitrogen excretion in a specific type of insect. He went on to continue his post-doctoral studies in Developmental Biology in the United States. Sir Michael is most known in the research community for his work on cellular transmembrane signaling.
In fact, his research lead him to become an honorary professor of cell signaling at the University of Cambridge. Sir Michael was also nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Society and became one of the founding members of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has received countless awards for the outstanding research he has contributed to the field of biology, biochemistry and physiology, eventually being knighted for his service to the science community.
Sir Michael Berridge is relatively new to the world of vitamin D, experiencing his first insight on the role of vitamin D in Alzheimer’s disease 3 years ago. Based on his extensive knowledge in cellular transmembrane signaling, he proposes that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the loss of memory by inhibiting the function of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and calcium signaling pathways in the brain.
In today’s episode, Sir Michael discusses the plausible mechanism behind this theory and provides an in depth explanation of how memory is stored in the brain, along with the clinical significance of vitamin D status on memory.