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Effects of Vitamin D on toxic heavy metal levels in pregnant women in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Principal investigator: Dr. Daniel Roth, Scientist at the Centre for Global Child Health and Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Staff Physician of Paediatric Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

This project is building on available specimen through the Maternal Vitamin D for Infant Growth (MDIG) Trial, with the aim to quantify toxic heavy metals (Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, etc.) in pregnant women’s blood and in cord blood to generate information on heavy metal burden in the Dhaka, Bangladesh region. The study will also assess if vitamin supplementation has the potential to modify exposure or toxic effects of heavy metals.

Project collaborators include International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Yale University.