Experts2021-11-04T07:45:20-05:00

Meet the Experts

Go behind the scenes with top vitamin D and COVID-19 researchers and experts 

Vitamin D’s Role in Supporting Immune Function and Combatting Disease

Have you ever wondered how exactly vitamin D plays a role in immune function and in diseases like HIV and COVID-19? Learn from Dr. Grace McComsey as she shares from her experience and extensive research how vitamin D is used by the body and why healthcare practitioners tend to recommend varying amounts. Plus, learn how to best set yourself up for protection in the event of another pandemic (hint: vitamin D is included in this power pack!).

Grace McComsey, M.D., FIDSA

Vice President, Research and Associate Chief Scientific Officer, University Hospitals Health System

Associate Principal Investigator, Cleveland CTSC, Case Western Reserve University

What’s Next for Vitamin D, Wellness, and COVID-19

Vitamin D researcher and expert Dr. Ganmaa Davaasambuu explores what’s next for science and development regarding vitamin D, wellness, and COVID-19. Learn more about how nutrients work together with vitamin D; vitamin D’s impact on acute respiratory diseases like pneumonia; the relationship between disease and vitamin D deficiency, and more. Plus, get an inside look to current research being conducted related to vitamin D and immunity!

Ganmaa Davaasambuu, Ph.D., M.D.

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women Hospital

All About Vitamin D Intake Research

One of the founding fathers of vitamin D research, Bruce Hollis, Ph.D., discuses why Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) may not be the best approach for studying vitamin D; how the FDA keeps watch on vitamin D supplement claims; and precautions for overdosing. Get an inside look at Dr. Hollis’ high vitamin D intake research. Plus, discover why following a “normal diet” may not guarantee adequate levels of vitamin D and what the difference is between the various vitamin D forms.

Dr. Bruce Hollis, Ph.D.

Director of Pediatric Nutritional Sciences,
Medical University of South Carolina

How Vitamin D is Used in Your Body

Listen in as we learn from vitamin D expert, Dr. Carol Wagner. In this light hearted interview with William Rowe, Dr. Wagner shares insights on different types of immunity, how vitamin D acts with other nutrients like calcium, and children’s health and immunity in relation to vitamin D. You’ll learn how vitamin D is used by your body from various sources and what role white blood cells play in infection control.

Dr. Carol Wagner, M.D.

Neonatologist, Professor of Pediatrics
Medical University of South Carolina

How Vitamin D Works for Me Differently Than it Does for You

Join us as we learn from Dr. Vatsal Thakkar, MD about his discoveries in working with vitamin D and what that means for you! As we dive into the conversation, you’ll learn about:

  • Which factors may put individuals at risk of vitamin D deficiency
  • Trends seen in subpopulations
  • The research behind vitamin D and COVID-19 and
  • Other interesting concepts like the science behind vitamin D, deficiency and skin tone
Dr. Vatsal G. Thakkar, M.D.

Physician, Founder & Chief Medical Officer
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Research Summaries

Association of vitamin D deficiency with COVID-19 infection severity: Systematic review and meta-analysis

Association of vitamin D deficiency with COVID-19 infection severity: Systematic review and meta-analysis Take Home Message In this meta-analysis it is suggested that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with greater severity

A systematic review and meta-analysis of effect of vitamin D levels on the incidence of COVID-19

A systematic review and meta-analysis of effect of vitamin D levels on the incidence of COVID-19 Take Home Message This meta-analysis reported that there is a connection between vitamin D status