Gangadarshni Chandramohan

University of California at Los Angeles, USA

Title: New era of Vitamin D: Puzzles and promises


Ganga Chandramohan M.D., MSc, is an associate professor at David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Currently, she is a faculty at the Department of Pediatrics and Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has been a member of the Clinical and Translational Research Institution at UCLA for many years. She did her Pediatric Nephrology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco where she worked on the mechanism of salt sensitive hypertension in the Dahl rat model. Subsequently, she was studying the role of oxidative stress in salt sensitive rats that was supported by American Heart Association Young Investigators Award. She has published articles in several prestigious journals and had delivered talks in national and international scientific sessions. At the present time, serving as a member of the Medical Advisory Board Executive Committee, National Kidney Foundation, Southern California Section and a member of the Institutional Review Board at Los Angeles Biomedeical Institute . Her research interest is studying the mechanisms of hypertension, obesity and metabolic syndrome and their relationship to different nutritional elements and also, how these make a difference in the health outcome among different ethnic groups.


Vitamin D deficiency has re-emerged as one of the leading health concerns in the recent years. Although lately the link between vitamin D deficiency and rickets in children or osteomalacia in adults hasn’t alarmed the heath care world, but its link to various chronic disorders such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, progressive renal disease, immune disorders, cancer, and various neurological conditions has become the highlight. The dilemma is, what is next? How far have we come to identify the true effect of Vitamin D on these different systems in the body and what are the measures that were taken so far to overcome these problems? Most health care providers and health centers had recognized the importance of vitamin D deficiency, but lack adequate guidance as to how to approach this situation. As the first step, it has to be approached at multiple levels, industries to individuals. The goal would be to optimize the intake and maintain it with minimum effort and expense. Focus of this lecture will be to provide new data on health outcome of vitamin D deficiency with the emphasis on cardiac and renal risks and its long-term consequences. Also, will specify outline of available treatment options based on recent reports from scientific journals.

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