Seminar - UVR-induced vitamin D: essential for immunoregulation?
21 May 2012
Shelley Gorman is a BrightSpark Foundation post-doctoral research fellow working to improve the lives of all Australians. Shelley obtained her PhD from the Microbiology Department at the University of Western Australia in 2004. She investigates the effects of sunlight on immune responses, in particular focusing upon the effects of vitamin D, the sunlight hormone. UV radiation, present in sunlight, is an important environmental agent, which is plentiful in our sun-soaked country. However, with our increasingly indoor lifestyles, our exposure to UV radiation is changing, and we are more likely to experience vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is also used to treat clinical conditions including inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis.
It is important for us to better understand the influence that vitamin D and UV radiation has on our immune health (both the good and the bad). Shelley manages several research projects all with a focus on the role that vitamin D has in modulating immunity. To fund her research, Shelley has received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, the Cancer Council of Western Australia, the Asthma Foundation of Western Australia, the Raine Foundation, the University of Western Australia, the Department of Health of Western Australia and the BrightSpark Foundation.
Hosted by the Central Clinical School
Time: 11am - 12pm
Location: Harold Dew Room, level 4, Blackburn Building D06, Camperdown campus
Contact: Dr Scott Byrne
Phone: 02 9351 7308