Is Developmental Vitamin D deficiency a risk factor for Schizophrenia and Autism?
NHMRC funding in 2007-2008 allowed us to become the first researchers to make the connection between low maternal vitamin D and schizophrenia in offspring in later life. This clinical research continues throughout 2012 -2013 in a much larger patient cohort funded by an NHMRC Project Grant.
We have just broken the codes on our Danish sample cohort and have replicated our earlier data. This study represents a four-fold increase in cohort size. This clearly establishes that very low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy is a risk-modifying factor for schizophrenia. Another replication will be conducted using Scottish samples. These studies and the technology we have developed have led to a number of national and international collaborations also investigating neonatal levels of vitamin D and risk of autism in offspring