Professor John McGrath
Niels Bohr Professor
National Centre for Register-based Research
Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland
Brisbane AustraliaQueensland Centre for Mental Health Research
The Park Centre for Mental Health Australia
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
What are the main findings?
Response: We know that people born in winter and spring have an increased risk of later developing schizophrenia. But, we were not sure why. We know that vitaminD, the sunshine hormone, is more likely to be low in winter and spring, so wedeveloped a way to test for vitamin D in stored neonatal blood sample.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: We found that babies who were vitamin D deficient had a 44% increased
risk of later developing schizophrenia.
The new studies confirms findings from a study we did in 2010.
The association between neonatal vitamin D status and risk of schizophrenia
Darryl W. Eyles, John J. McGrath et al
Scientific Reports volume 8, Article number: 17692 (2018)
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