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The Iron Conundrum: Examining Links Between Iron Deficiency, Sleep, and Neuropsychiatric Challenges
Dr. Amy Salmon
Program Head — Knowledge Translation, CHÉOS; Developmental Evaluator, B.C. Integrated Youth Services Initiative
Dr. Osman Ipsiroglu
Developmental Pediatrician, B.C. Children’s Hospital
Dr. Alexander Rauscher
Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuroimaging, UBC and CFRI
Abstract: Animal and clinical research over the last 20 years has indicated a complex and widely unexplored interaction between iron deficiency, intractable insomnia, neuropsychiatric challenges and prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency of pregnancy, and PAE the most common known cause of developmental disability in the developed world. Recent studies have shown that iron deficiency is a potent and synergistic modifier of PAE.
This panel will present findings from clinical and neuroimaging studies which suggest a critical need to improve our understanding of the complex relationship between PAE, iron deficiency, insomnia, and other symptoms of brain-based disability. We will also present plans for using app technology to track, analyse, and improve treatment of this constellation of challenges.
Work in Progress (WiP) presentations take place at St. Paul’s Hospital in the Hurlburt Auditorium on alternating Wednesdays from 12:00–1:00 PM. These seminars provide investigators with an opportunity to present ongoing research, obtain feedback from colleagues and peers, and make new connections for their projects. Talks are open, and a light lunch is served.
See our fall schedule here.