Longitudinal analysis of health outcomes in 16-29 year old females

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof John Wark jdwark@unimelb.edu.au 8344 3258 Personal web page
Prof Suzanne Garland Personal web page

Project Details

There is a large body of evidence supporting a relationship between Vitamin D and poor mental health. Students will have the unique opportunity to investigate the association between Vitamin D and several indices of mental health in females recruited into the intervention component of the Safe-D study (Part B). Participants with 25 OHD levels 25 to 75 nmol/L are randomized to one of three groups in 1:1:1 ratio: a mobile phone–based application designed to encourage safe sun exposure, vitamin D supplementation (1000 IU/day), and a control group. Data collection points are at baseline, 4 and 12 months post baseline with the major endpoints being at 4 months.

A wide range of information is collected from participants throughout the course of this study including validated and self-reported information relating to mental health status and lifestyle behaviours. Students will have the fantastic opportunity to investigate a number of relationships between Vitamin D status and indices of mental health. There is also an opportunity to determine whether there are any temporal changes in these associations at 4 months and 12 months after baseline. Findings from this study will help provide an insight into the effects of improving vitamin D levels on several health outcomes, particularly mental health. This project would suit a student interested in mental health. Suitable for Honours, MDRP, MBiomedSc, MPH, Masters by Research studies.

School Research Themes

Women's Health, Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Musculoskeletal , Cardiometabolic

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Bone and Mineral Research Group

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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